Repel Water and Dirt with Rust-Oleum’s NeverWet

Posted by: on June 7th, 2013 | 26 Comments
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Home improvement can be messy. Whether you’re outdoors completing a new landscaping DIY project, or indoors with your tool kit, stains and spills inevitably happen. That’s why we’re pleased to introduce a new waterproofing and liquid repellant spray from Rust-Oleum, NeverWet. With a two-step application process, you can protect things like gloves and work boots from dirt and grime.

In this video, you can see how NeverWet doesn’t just protect against water, it actually repels water. Water immediately beads up on the surface and rolls off before it can penetrate even the most delicate surfaces such as fabric.

As we mention in the video, NeverWet does leave a frost-like film on surfaces once it has been applied. So if you’d like to use this on something with a distinct color or look, test it in an inconspicuous spot before fully applying. For best coverage, spray this as you would a spray paint — in thin, even coats. And of course, for the very best protection, follow the instructions on the box.

We can think of all sorts of uses for this incredible new technology. What would you use it for?


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  2. Darrell Via says:

    Would wax stick to it?

  3. Sashi says:

    I would like to find out if this product can be used on concrete steps to prevent icing?

  4. Violet says:

    I’m going to put this on my satellite dish. In my area, we often lose reception in winter when our dishes get covered with snow/ice. The recommendation we’re given by the satellite companies is to spray our dishes with a cooking spray like Pam. But it wears off fast and you have to reapply. With my dish being up on the roof about 20 feet, that isn’t practical for me. I want to coat it once and be done with it. Never Wet seems like the perfect solution to my problem.

    I can also think of dozens of other uses around my house, like coating the single stone step in front of my door that always forms a layer of ice in winter. Also, coating the metal prongs of various garden ornament stakes (like my solar lamp spikes) that always rust once they’re pushed into the ground and sit there corroding in damp soil when it rains.

  5. Richard Roberts says:

    looks like a good prod but you would think HD would put the price on it. I hate sites where it takes 15 min to find the price or you have to add it to to your shopping cart before you can find the price.

    • Craig Allen says:


      I know what you mean. Having to dig deep to get a price can be annoying. We certainly don’t want that.

      I hope our set up is convenient enough. Just click on the words NeverWet (in orange letters) in the article. It should instantly take you to a webpage that has all the current information about NeverWet, including the price. Prices change, products go on sale, product descriptions change… so we keep all that information up to date on the page where you’d actually order the product or research its specs, etc.

      Thanks for mentioning it, Richard. We really do appreciate feedback like that. Maybe there are ways we can indicate the price, etc. here on our blog.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  6. Terry says:

    how does it act in very cold temperatures?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Terry, it should hold up to very cold temperatures just fine.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  7. Terry says:

    we just bought a brand new car and we were wondering if this product would be good to use on car seats?? I am worried about it maybe flaking off because people sit on them frequently. and since its brand new I wouldn’t want to ruin them, is it removable? what do you think?

    • Craig Allen says:


      NeverWet is removable with mineral spirits. However, as we’ve said elsewhere, if in doubt, you should test NeverWet on an inconspicuous spot first, just to be sure you’ll like the outcome.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  8. Do you think this would work on car seats made out of fabric?????

    • Craig Allen says:

      That might indeed be a good use of NeverWet, Robert. But as we’ve said, we strongly recommend that you test it inconspicuous spot just to be sure you’ll be OK with how it turns out. We’ve played with this new product a little, and we’ve seen that on some materials, NeverWet can leave a subtle white, kind of frosty finish. It doesn’t seem very noticeable on fabric, but you should see it (and feel it) for yourself.

      But yeah, spills would roll right off your car’s fabric upholstery.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  9. Timothy McGraw says:

    So Never Wet can coat cars? Are you seriously suggesting that is might work on coating a car? How come you do not coat anything that isn’t white? Is that because you do not want anyone to see the white haze it puts on everything?

    How does the coating work outside against UV? Do you have UV testing on the product? Does it work on oils?

    • Craig Allen says:


      Coating a car with NeverWet is probably not a good application for the product. As you suggest, it’s likely to leave a sort of frosty white finish to the car paint. Car wax is still your best bet for protecting your car’s finish. (I’ve amended the response I wrote to another query about this.)

      In our demonstration, everything we tested it on is white merely because white would show if there were any liquid sticking to the material. We strongly recommend that you test NeverWet in a small, inconspicuous section of the material if the appearance is important.

      NeverWet is not intended to protect against UV damage. It’s not intended to protect against oil. NeverWet is not a permanent coating. It may need to be reapplied, depending on how you’re using it.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

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  11. Chris says:

    Could you coat the roof of a home with this? What is the longevity of a coating?

    • Valerie says:

      I was thinking the same thing. This would be an amazing application for your roof!!! That is if it lasts.

      • Craig Allen says:

        Well, as I mentioned elsewhere here in the comments section, it would take a whole truckload of NeverWet to treat something as large as your roof. It’s not really intended for something on that scale. (Though, I’ll bet the inventors would love to make a formula that would be cost effective and easier to apply on a large scale.)

        Here’s an application I personally will be trying soon: A couple of the exterior window sills on my home are rotten. Even though they are angled downward and away from the house, water seems to have pooled on them. Maybe it was the lousy paint job the previous owner did. (I hope the problem turns out to be as simple as that!) In any event, I’ll have to replace them. And once that’s done, and they’re painted, I’m going to give all the window sills on my home a coating of NeverWet, just to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

        I don’t know yet, but it’s likely I’ll want to reapply the NeverWet after a couple of years (?). But on that scale, it won’t be a major undertaking.

        –Craig, from The Home Depot

  12. Wicho says:

    Would this be smart to spray all over my car so I would never have to get a car wash again???

    • Craig Allen says:

      It would take several cans of NeverWet to cover your entire car, and it would probably leave a sort of frosty white finish that you probably wouldn’t like.

      Car wax is still your best bet for protecting your car.

      –Craig, from The Home Depot

  13. katie says:

    We are dreaming up some pretty cool ideas to use the new Rust-Oleum, NeverWet product!

  14. Jim Lentz says:

    I contacted Rust-Oleum about the product and it’s durability. They responded that the coating might be removed if the surface is ever power washed or cleaned with certain detergents or acids. Hmm.

  15. That was helpful. I’m in the gym alot and was wondering if you this would work on repelling sweat? Thanks,
    Don Peden muscle

    • Craig Allen says:

      Don, since sweat is mostly water, it will repel sweat.

      I’m not sure exactly how you’re thinking of using NeverWet– perhaps on the vinyl upholstery of workout benches and seats? As we’ve suggested, you should first apply just a little NeverWet in an unobtrusive spot just to make sure it will have the results you’re looking for. For one thing, it will leave a slightly frosted finish that you might not like.

      I’d also say that vinyl workout benches are already made to handle dampness. I’m not sure this would make much of an improvement.

      Perhaps you’re thinking of applying it to the handles of dumbbells? I think you might not like the way it would make the grip feel… and it might actually make the dumbbell too slippery.

      NeverWet is really intended for items or relatively small areas that might get soaked in water or covered in ice or otherwise be damaged by weather.

      If you try it, please let us know how it worked for you.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot