If you remember back to elementary school, water is a pretty powerful force. It created the Grand Canyon, fuels the Hoover Dam and Powerplant and is needed by all humans to survive. Can you imagine that you have the power to control it? OK, that might be a bit dramatic but let’s allow our imaginations to run wild and say that we can with the new Rust-Oleum NeverWet product.
Think of Star Trek deflector shields made specifically for water. This superhydrophobic coating is one of the coolest products I’ve gotten to demo.
I was asked to put together my ideal project to test out Rust-Oleum NeverWet. Full disclosure, they did provide product and some cash for project materials, but I would have done this without it (don’t tell them). My project had to be unique and test something that people might not do themselves. The back of the box recommended concrete, metal and even leather and cloth. However, it didn’t mention paper. I mean, who thinks it’s a good idea to store their paper in the water? That is not really an option.
Enter the paper raincoat. Can it protect me from the elements?
Since I live in Michigan, I can’t always predict when it will rain. So I developed this custom rain machine that is pretty simple to make and would be great for a dramatic video shoot. A future post will cover the details of this build but the more adventurous readers I’m sure can figure it out from this photo.
See below for instructions on how I made my paper raincoat.
Building the raincoat was so much fun that I wanted to test it out on something painted, too. What struck me as interesting was a treated surface vs. a non-treated surface. I put together a demo board which was covered with a base coat of blue and some green stripes with the help of painter’s tape. I then alternated stripes (more painter’s tape) of the Rust-Oleum NeverWet. It’s a little hard to see in this picture but trust me that it’s VERY obvious in person which surface is treated and which isn’t.
This post is brought to you by Rust-Oleum NeverWet — “You’ve never seen water behave this way!”