Blogger Challenge: Make It Superhydrophobic!

Blogger Challenge Update! (updated: August 23, 2013) Ellen’s cardboard box fort is declared the winner in this challenge. Her project received the most comments, repins on our Pinterest board and shares from our Facebook page. See Ellen’s box fort project and learn how to make your own!

When Rust-Oleum asked us to play around with their latest product, which has “superhydrophobic” qualities, we said, “Play?! Superhydro-what? Yes!” We love to mess around with new materials at Made + Remade. So we chose five willing and excited bloggers, all with different skills, interests and ideas, to execute projects using Rust-Oleum NeverWet. Watch this quick video to get a snapshot of what we did.

Let me just say right off, on behalf of all five bloggers, that this stuff is weird and amazing. We totally love it. When you apply it as directed to surfaces as diverse as wood, concrete, cardboard and fabric, it creates a barrier that makes water and other liquids bubble up and roll right off. Everyone had the same reaction: “This stuff is cool!”

We set our projects up as a little “Blogger Challenge” (something you’re going to see more of on the blog) — both a personal challenge for each blogger to come up with a cool use for this product and a little friendly rivalry among bloggers. Our only stipulations for the projects were that they use Rust-Oleum NeverWet and have something to do with outdoor living. It is summer, after all. Here’s a glimpse at the range of projects we came up with.

We want you to tell us which projects you like the most! Share them with your friends via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll choose the winners based on social reach. But we also want to hear your ideas. Now that you know more about Rust-Oleum NeverWet, what would you do with it? Leave comments and ideas below and in the comments section of each individual project post.

OK, now check these out — the five how-to projects in our first-ever Blogger Challenge! And be sure to watch the videos in each post so you can see this stuff in action.

Dan Lipe makes a water-repellent outdoor table.

Ellen Foord creates a weatherproof cardboard box fort.

Nick Britsky crafts a waterproof raincoat out of paper.

Michele Purcell uses vintage album covers to adorn an outdoor table.

• and I turn indoor curtains into outdoor curtains.

This post is brought to you by Rust-Oleum NeverWet — “You’ve never seen water behave this way!”

8 Responses

  1. kimberly Williams says:

    I use these products to make inside furniture into my porch furniture for that outdoor room feeling

  2. Twicblezd says:

    Would this work on car windows?

  3. frank says:

    Water makes it way any were if this product work great for them and me.

  4. Linda says:

    Looks like a great product.I also would like to know if slippery when wet?

  5. Barbara says:

    does this prduct make the service slick when it gets wet?

    • Kelly Smith Trimble says:

      Hi Barbara, It's not slick exactly, though it does make it more smooth. It's probably not recommended for surfaces you'd be walking on, like pavers or flooring, which could become slippery.

  6. Grace says:

    You can find it at Home Depot. I think it's like $20 for a can of the first coat and a can of the second coat.

  7. KAE says:

    SWEET!! I am going to try this ASAP as soon as I find the Rust-oleum NeverWet.

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