Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric

rated 5.0 of 5 stars (1)
photo:   Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric fabric cleaner/treatment


Price Reviewers Paid: $15.00


Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric is a one-step, superhydrophobic, water repelling treatment designed to keep items dry longer. Goes on clear and causes water to bead up and roll off treated gear.


  • One-step (versus the original two-step NeverWet)
  • Clear (versus the cloudy haze of the original NeverWet)
  • Water has little chance to soak in
  • Quick and easy to apply


  • Not permanent, but I'm not aware of a treatment that is


I had tried the original Rust-Oleum NeverWet that comes in a two-can, two-step spray can form factor on some gear and while it worked great, it dried to an unsightly cloudy haze. Now Rust-Oleum has introduced NeverWet Fabric aimed at the outdoor furniture market. Having recently enjoyed a leaky tent on a rainy weekend trip, I decided to re-seam seal the tent and try NeverWet Fabric.

As advertised, it goes on clear with no haze and took five to ten minutes to apply to my two-person tent.  One bottle was enough to treat my tent with perhaps enough left over to treat a jacket. I applied it to the entire fly and the nylon "skirt" area of the tent itself and let it dry overnight.

I tested it with my garden hose and water immediately beads up and rolls off the tent with no opportunity to soak in.  Time will tell how long the treatment lasts. 

I found it in the outdoor furniture department at Lowe's.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: About $15


Thanks for the review, John. Please let us know how the NeverWet continues to hold up on your tent.

5 years ago

I also noticed that they sell a "Hunting and Outdoor Fabric" version. I wonder if there's any difference, or just a rebranding for consumers:

5 years ago
John Foy

I haven't seen that version of NeverWet. I have seen a different version of NeverWet for shoes and boots. Perhaps they're simply positioning it differently so it appeals to outdoor retailers?

5 years ago

I had the same thought. I couldn't find any difference in their product descriptions, so it may be simply aiming them at different customers.

5 years ago

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