Introduction: Make Your Own Never Wet/Ultra Ever Dry (Hydrophobic Coating)

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This is an easy way to make a hydrophobic coating from products that have been available for decades. It works great!

Cyclopentasiloxane is the component of antiperspirant that functions as the hydrophobic element to this project. While not quite as hydrophobic the commercial coatings like Never Wet and Ultra Ever Dry, it is significantly less expensive and functions well enough for nearly all the same purposes.

The idea for this project was used courtesy of Dan Rojas at GreenPowerScience. Check out his video on the subject here: http://youtu.be/ujEWwUMC5Y4

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Jan_Henrik (author)2014-10-11

Very cool! I have tried it with our Hackerspace logo

Awesome, I like it!

MichiganDave (author)2014-11-09

This is cool, and I have a question for you to, and others, to consider: if one applied this to a boat would it allow the boat to move faster through the water?

Thanks for sharing this.

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stoatwblr (author)MichiganDave2017-01-18

No.

At least not directly, If it discourages marine life attaching to the hull then yes in the long term - but almost all such coatings are toxic and likely to be banned if not already.

PaganRaven (author)2014-10-11

How well do you think this could work for fabric?

I don't need the fabric to be "water proof" throughout, nor on both sides, but rather just one side of it.

We live in a beautiful old house built in the very early 1900's and unfortunately there is a window right in the shower/tub.

I do NOT want to use miniblinds nor do I want to use a plastic shower curtain cut to size as a curtain. (Don't mean to offend anyone but those just look tacky to me.)

Rather - I was thinking of making a plain fabric curtain made out of cotton. But I need the interior side "water proof" so that water would roll right off ( as much as possible) to keep the fabric from getting mildewed and protect the woodwork of the window at the same time. (I'd love to just install glass blocks and do away with the wood and window bit but we don't have the finances at the time)

Thoughts, anyone?

mshield (author)PaganRaven2014-10-11

A couple of years back my wife and I lived in a great old house with windows surrounding our bed. We got these sheets of window film for the ones that pointed at the neighbors. They come with or without designs and are easy to apply (though harder to remove).

Search Amazon for "window film".

stoatwblr (author)mshield2017-01-18

As a FYI, almost all these films come off pretty easily if you use a hairdryer on them to soften the glue.

After you get a corner up, just concentrate on the point where the film is coming off the glass and it's usually a fairly simple procedure.

PaganRaven (author)mshield2014-11-12

I've actually used this stuff! It does do the job, and there are some really nice designs/faux textures. The one I used before was called Rice Paper, I believe. I opted for the static film after using the film that can be a pain to remove. The window in question this time has about nine smaller frames per top and bottom and I don't want to bother with cutting the film to fit each one. (I know..lazy of me. lol ) You have to admit, if you don't cut it right, it looks shabby with light and a partial view peeking around the edges. If the beeswax trick doesn't work with some fabric, this will most likely be my next try.

lngshoreman (author)PaganRaven2014-10-11

You might consider a beeswax based water proofing for fabric. An example is at:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-and-Easy-Vin...

PaganRaven (author)lngshoreman2014-11-12

Definitely going to give this a try! I have everything needed to give it a go.

Will try and get back to you all and let you know how it works.

gravityisweak (author)PaganRaven2014-10-23

They sell a Scotchgard spray made specifically for fabric. You're meant to use it to allow water to bead off your clothing. I'm sure it would work fine for what you want.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Scotchgard-Fabric-And-Upholstery-Protector-10-oz/13281231

PaganRaven (author)gravityisweak2014-11-12

I've seen it, and I may end up going with that if the wax doesn't work. It is a bit pricey, runs about $17 a can here.

I haven't tried it on fabric yet, but I suspect it would make it quite stiff since the clear coat is basically just transparent paint. I may try it later tonight and let you know the results.

GCZAR (author)2016-02-28

GOOD INFO, I WILL BE USING THIS VERY SOON.

GCZAR (author)2016-02-28

GOOD INFO, I WILL BE USING THIS VERY SOON.

GaneshR12 (author)2015-11-25

Hey, Could anyone please tell me names of the two sprays that is used in the video to make the surface hydrophobic?

thanks.

AmitD11 (author)2015-10-07

how to make hydrophobic liquid ...please tell me chemical name and how to make that..

email on optisoll@gmail.com

SuandiCendana (author)2015-07-07

HI...could anybody tell me step by step how to make it please? thanks in advance.

Himers (author)2014-11-13

Nice!!!

gravityisweak (author)2014-10-28

Would you consider adding a text component to this instructable for those of us who are unable to view the video? Thanks!

mkemper1 (author)2014-10-13

wondering where the actual instructable is at? weaksauce!

Raitis (author)2014-10-12

The durability of this coating should be about the same as the clear coat, I suppose?

johnstat000 (author)2014-10-11

Very Cool!

watchmeflyy (author)2014-10-11

Awesome; thanks for sharing!

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