Ultra-Ever Dry: Ultimate Water Repellent Coating?

Pickard Iconic just turned me on to Ultra-Ever Dry, a material they advise will ‘completely repel almost any liquid’. Watching the video one can believe it. Ultra-Ever Dry is produced by Global Industrial. According to their description, it is a “… superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating…” The video displays most obviously industrial applications, but one can certainly envision a host of uses in the tactical industry, from the outside of a grunt’s ruck to – imagine it – the outside of a poncho liner (cue heavenly music and a light spearing down from on high).

Further description as follows: “Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. This barrier repels water, oil and other liquids unlike any coating seen before. The other breakthrough associated with Ultra-Ever Dry is the superior coating adherence and abrasion resistance allowing it to be used in all kinds of applications where durability is required. Ideal for use on metals, plastics, wood and fabric. Quart can covers 42 square feet.”

Watch the video then comment. What sort of practical uses do you see? It obviously doesn’t breathe, so it wouldn’t work well on boots, but what about the exterior of communications kit headed for the field? Sound off if you care to.



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  • Is the video showing up yet, or still displaying embed code? I’m a damn Luddite.

  • Tim

    From Global Industrial web site: “Ever-Dry color is translucent white and will leave a slight residue.”

    I’d like to see independent reviews of this product. If it functions as advertised I can see it being valuable in many applications. WRT comms gear – I’d put coat the internal electronic components.

  • desk_pilot

    The biggest impact this could have is in CBRNE protection. Chem suits coated in this stuff would never be in danger of being wetted through by rain or other substances. They don’t breath as it is so there would be no loss there.

    You could also coat vehichles or equipment to make decon eaiser. If the agent cannot soak into the object it can just be wiped away with a decon mit. This would be super useful for items like seat covers, webing, straps, and the like. Right now there is no good way to get chemical agents out of textiles. You could also use it to coat tents, taps and the like, reducing our reliance on visquene and the like for CBRNE protection.

    I would be wary of going too crazy about using it on the insides of electronics if it has any thermal insulating properties. It may interfere with passive cooling.

  • Anthony

    I like the idea of putting this stuff on vehicles. I wonder how well it would work on glass surfaces once they have a transparent version instead of the white.

  • Jason

    That’s freaking incredible. Wow. Haha CBRNE decon will be slightly less of a pain in the ass no doubt.

  • Glenno

    Following on from Tim’s earlier comment, I notice that most of the demonstrations were of the product applied to light colored surfaces, which tend to mask the residue left by the product. When it was applied to the brown boot, it left a distinctive frosty appearance. I would therefore question it’s application to the exterior of a vehicle unless the vehicle was in a desert or Arctic theater of operations where the residue would be less obvious. Mind you, if there was a defense contract for stuff like this, it would certainly be a significant incentive to find a way to change the color of the residue to match operational requirements. The other question I have is how resistant is it to wear and abrasion? If it is limited in that area, then use may be restricted to internal or non-moving parts. Otherwise, it looks very interesting.

    • Tim

      More from the GI site:

      “The SE 7.6.110 formula’s longevity in use is susceptible to environmental conditions (UV / abrasion). This coating will generally last 2-8 months in direct sunlight and outdoor conditions before recoating of the top coat would be required.

      When used in indoor or covered applications outdoors, the SE 7.6.110 coating should last for a year or more. Other formulas are being added to our product line that can provide years of useful life before any recoat is needed.”

      “One of the breakthroughs for this product is its abrasion resistance. The proprietary material provides more abrasion resistance than previous superhydrophobic materials, registering a result of 110 on the Taber Abrasion Method (ASTM D4060-10). If abrasion is a concern, testing is recommended. If the superhydrophobic coating is removed due to abrasion, it can be reapplied by re-spraying.”

  • Brandon

    I wonder if they make this in a car wax form… It has some serious beading capability and you can put it on glass? Win-win. 2-8 months is good while compared to car waxes that available now. I would also like to see more of this kind of stuff the external surfaces of foot wear that take forever to the dry.

  • Bill

    I wonder what the friction coefficient is on it – Might be good for boats, ski / snowboard, wetsuits, etc.

    Thinking big, you could even treat roads, the insides of pipes so they don’t clog as easy, airstrips….

  • Huch

    I wonder if this repels spraypaint as well. If so, it would be a great asset if you have a graffiti problem. Plus the look on the person’s face when their paint just dripped off would be priceless. Naked Gun all over again.

    • Richard

      Hi Huch, you bet, this will be the best solution, got to fix a candid cam to capture expressions

    • Mindy

      It doesn’t repel oil based paints that well, so no, it wouldn’t work that well to repel spray paint, unfortunately.

  • David Reeder…hope you signed up for the contact-mode…otherwise this is a waste of time; The Video is UP and RUNNING. Seriously cool!

  • nurul

    just want to clarify one thing..is it this coating can be used for medical product.??is it safe??because as we know the medical product must used a hygienic properties. It also must do not react to any chemical. If I coat medical product by using this coating. is it safe??

  • Richard

    I would use this on the car completely on windscreen specially to avoid heavy rain

  • Richard

    i would coat myself to resist unwanted people.. ha ha ha..

  • Tim

    There are a lot of questions about this product; many of them are answered in the product FAQ here: http://www.spillcontainment.com/sites/default/fil

    You could put it on a vehicle but it will leave a white translucent residue – may be acceptable for off-road vehicles or if you don’t care about aesthetics, but not on a windscreen as it will fog vision. It hasn’t been tested on winter/water sports equipment yet. Based on some of the FAQ responses it would not be useful for constantly submerged items or liquid enclosures like pipes because it requires intermittent exposure to oxygen to function properly. I read that it will repel acrylic paint fairly well but not oil-based paints. Unfortunately most spray paints are oil-based.

    Also, based on the MSDS I would NOT use this for medical applications!

  • Ultra Ever Dry is not produced by Global Industrial, as this article states. Ultra Ever Dry is produced SOLELY by UltraTech (www.spillcontainment.com).

  • It is currently being application tested by a “large cell phone, mp3 and computer” company that I cannot name for applications. The product is non-conductive and allows air to pass through substrates, but not large molecules like water & oil. Independent tests have confirmed its abilities on leather boots, electronics & motors, and is in use on concrete chutes. Durability in different environmental conditions are is still to be determined. Here’s a list of FAQs. On the same page you can find the MSDS sheets and other docs. The working temperature range for the product is from -30°F to 300°F (-34°C to 149°C) once it has been applied. It has been effective at temperatures up to 500°F, but we would recommend further testing for any application that will see temperatures above 300°F (260°C).. It is milky white matte, and translucent when dry. Can be custom tinted at the factory.

  • Vision would be impaired for sure.

  • Pipes are a great idea. Roads might get too slick. It will reduce friction on kayaks, know that! So, I suppose other equipment might also love it. Problem would be the stuff is abrasion resistant, but it is a thin coating, so it could still rub off of the bottom of boats loading in or out of the water onto a trailer, or if you were going over rocky or gravelly stuff.

  • it can be used in food prep factories in the HVAC, wiring, etc. according to the FDA/USDA. check out the MSDS sheets; it contains Xylene, Naptha, Hexane, Methylethylketone, Toluene, Acetone & Silica.

  • SD

    I need this for my dress shirt when I go to lunch!

  • Alphamale

    I’ll have to take a look at the GREEN facet of this product. If it is ENVIRO FRIENDLY…and not made in china…sign me up as National Accounts Manager.

  • spurlockda

    I believe the fine folks over at WD-40 have/had a similar product.

    Did ya see how the sprayer guy was ppe’d up. Must be some wicked chemical cocktail. Those nano things. I hope they don’t secretly have intelligence; you might turn out like that black suited Spider Man :-o