Rust-Oleum NeverWet

Rust-Oleum Never Wet is a non conductive hydrophobic (repels water) coating containing nano particles that bind with the material being coated forming a moisture barrier. The coating can be applied to metal, wood, fabric, leather, and cardboard. It can even be used to waterproof an iPhone. This two-spray system was produced by Rust-Oleum in partnership with the nano-technology’s developer, NeverWet.

The product is available at Home Depot and elsewhere for $18.96.

Needless to say, there will be a comprehensive review. If it works, the coating will be of enormous benefit to our community.

This entry was posted in Alerts, Apparel, Electronics, Footware, Shelters, Sleeping Systems and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Rust-Oleum NeverWet

  1. Dead On The X says:

    I’ve been using this product for a little over two months now and can NOT recommend it. I coated a pair of Merrrell boots, an umbrella and a multicam softshell jacket (with two kits).

    There are many gimmick to this product diguised in the video.
    – It take at least three to four layers to get the super hydrophobic effect as seen in the vid, which will use up a lot the product. Single layers are not very effective at basic waterproofing.

    – The application time of both layers is farely long. 30 minute drying time for each Step 1 base coat.

    – Both the Step 1 base and Step 2 top coat have a milky/frosted color to them that will show on colored fabrics/surfaces. Notice in the video the CEO is wearing white/light clothing and look closely at the white shoes demo, you can see a powdery build up of the product on the surface of the shoes. Two layers left my coyote tan Merrell boots looking like I walked through dust bunnies and cob webs plus, the protective coat cracks and peels due to surface contact and wear. If you use it on any shoes, don’t bother with the sidewalls of the soles. My multicam softshell didn’t fare much better, but at least that can be thrown in the washer to remove this product.

    – Sweat and oils from your fingers break down the protection of the coating, so this product isn’t great for any thing you have to touch. Although it was discolored the application to my black umbrella works nicely. The package instructions clearly advise against any use on glass. In the vid notice the glass was frosted on outside edge, but clear on inside area where the water stood.
    I’m sure there many uses for this product, but it don’t think it’s a game changer for the firearms/tactical community.


    • Thanks for your comment. It was very informative. It’s been my experience that coatings are never permanent; you always have to reapply them. The questions is once applied properly do they perform the task at hand. I’m going to do a full review on the product. I’m going to use it on things like pouches and sheaths and weapon cases. When I was serving we had leather knife sheaths and those things would soak up water and retain it like a sponge. We were in and out of the water all the time so corrosion was a huge problem. You could rinse off your blade but when you re-sheathed it corrosion would set in overnight. Great comments Dead-on keep an eye out for my review which will be out late in October. Take care and stay safe.


Comments are closed.