About this project
The Mission: Make the World More Awesome.
Science & Art Coming Together
Rainworks Invisible Spray is a superhydrophobic coating. That means it can make surfaces completely repel water.
Concrete, wood, and many other surfaces turn dark when they get wet.
By stenciling our superhydrophobic coating onto those surfaces, we've been able to create positive messages and art that only appear when it rains. We call them rainworks. Awesome!
What makes Rainworks Invisible Spray special?
Our formula has been developed through rigorous testing, and specifically designed for the purpose of making rainworks. What's that mean?
Totally invisible when surface is dry
Rainworks Invisible Spray is the only superhydrophobic coating that we have tested that is completely undetectable on a sunny day. You can't see, feel, or smell a difference.
Eco-Friendly & Biodegradable
Once a rainwork is dry, it is completely non-toxic!
Rainworks do not damage the surface they are on, and they can be easily removed using any earth-friendly cleaning product and a little bit of scrubbing.
- Duration Rainworks generally last 2-4 months (though we have seen them last as long as a year under the right conditions). They are most vivid for the first few weeks, and they gradually grow more subtle over time.
One bottle of Rainworks Invisible Spray can cover up to 15 square feet with 2 coats. (Yes, that means you could cover 30 square feet with 1 coat. You would see the rainwork, but we recommend 2 coats because it lasts much longer.)
The Right Surfaces
Rainworks Invisible Spray works on any absorbent surface, like sidewalk concrete, unsealed wood, stone, cardboard, fabric, and more. If you're not sure if a certain surface will work, just pour some water on it to see if it darkens the surface. The higher the contrast between wet and dry, the better the rainwork will look!
We believe in being open and up-front about the personal and environmental safety of our product. The spray is a solvent-based formula. Because of the solvent, it is not safe to drink the liquid or inhale the vapor. If the spray gets on your hands, just wash it off. If it is on your hands for too long the most it can do is cause mild skin dryness/irritation. If it gets in your eyes you rinse them thoroughly with water.
Once the formula is sprayed on the ground, the solvent evaporates, leaving only the biodegradable ingredients locked inside the surface, keeping it superhydrophobic, creating the rainwork!
Rainworks, wet or dry, do not make the ground more slippery. There is no change in the texture of the surface whatsoever.
Please note that Rainworks Invisible Spray will not make you invisible.
It began in early 2014 in rainy Seattle, when Peregrine learned what superhydrophobic coatings were. Realizing that using such a coating on a concrete sidewalk could create rain-activated art, he got a grant from the Awesome Foundation to test the idea. Unfortunately, all the available superhydrophobic coatings he could find didn't work well for the idea, because they either wore away too quickly or were visible when dry, which defeated the whole purpose.
Eventually he connected with a materials manufacturer who was able to solve the problem, and we got the perfect formula for rainworks!
That's how it started, and since then we've been creating Rainworks just for fun, to make people's rainy days better! In April 2015, however, a video explaining rainworks went viral. We began receiving countless messages from people all over the world who wanted to create their own. We think that's awesome, and we want to help everyone brighten their rainy days! That's why we've poured ourselves into perfecting this product into something anyone can use, and that's why we're here on Kickstarter, asking for your help.
If we can raise the funds to get distribution up and running, we can get Rainworks Invisible Spray into the hands of artists, makers, teachers, students, and everybody who has a desire to create. Together, we can provide people everywhere a reason to look forward to the rain!
When we first started using this formula, we made a lot of mistakes. We are going to save you all the trouble we went through by producing a set of high-quality tutorials showing you the optimal way to spray, defining the best surfaces, and providing tips and tricks for having the best experience possible making rainworks.
Don't know how to make stencils? No problem. Not only will every bottle of Rainworks Invisible Spray ship with at least one stencil, but we'll also be producing a tutorial showing you how to make elaborate stencils like the ones we've been making for over a year.
The Rainworks Map is a fun component of our vision. Every time we create a rainwork we post its location on the map so rainy-day explorers can go out and find them! We want people all over to be able to find these rainworks that anyone makes. So if you make a rainwork that you want other people to find, send us its precise location and a picture, and as long as it meets our standards (aka does it makes someone's day more awesome?), we'll add it to the official map with you credited as the creator!
Map Restrictions (Remember, the goal is to make someone's day better)
- We won't post any that are advertisements or promotional (no logos, hashtags, etc. Some exceptions apply. #rainworks is not an exception.)
- No inappropriate or hurtful content, language, or imagery.
Rewards ship worldwide. Free shipping within the United States!
Here's an estimate of how the money will be spent. If we go beyond our goal, the costs will scale accordingly.
$20,000-$25,000: Creating an industrial quantity of Rainworks Invisible Spray, enough to fulfill all Kickstarter orders and orders beyond the campaign.
$3,000-$6,000: Bottling machine and digital printing equipment.
$3,000-$4,000: Bottle parts and packaging supplies.
$6,000: Shipping out each order (Did we mention the free shipping for supporters within the US?)
$1,000-$4,000: Miscellaneous expenses.
$4,000-$5,000: campaign/order processing fees.
Our estimated timeline is as follows:
August 27th: Launch Kickstarter!
September 20th: Kickstarter ends, wait up to two weeks for funds. Begin creation of industrial quantity of Invisible Spray.
Early October: Order machines, bottling/packaging parts, and equipment. Prepare warehouse for bottling line.
Mid-late October: Machines, bottling packaging parts, and equipment arrive. Begin setting up bottling line
Early November: Break for lunch.
Mid-late November: Industrial quantity of Rainworks Invisible Spray arrives at warehouse, team ready to bottle and ship.
Late November-Early December: Start shipping orders in time for the holidays! (Not to mention the rainy season!)
Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
In every project that involves creating and shipping a product, there is the potential for unforeseen delays to occur. Complex machinery needs be ordered and set up properly. Packaging needs to be printed, die-cut, and assembled. Too many orders could be difficult to process quickly. That's why we've partnered with Seattle-based company D.A. International, which has over 25 years of experience developing and distributing products efficiently. Their team has launched over 750 products including 6 Kickstarter/Indigogo campaigns. We've joined with them because we believe that if/when bumps in the road are discovered, they have the competence and experience to keep the project moving forward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I'm trying to visualize how much 1 bottle of Rainworks Invisible Spray can create. Can you give me a sense of what 15 square feet of rainworks looks like?
Sure! One bottle of Rainworks can create about 20 copies of the included flower stencil (flower is 12in/30cm tall). The hopscotch you see at the top was made with slightly less than one bottle!
Check with your city's Department of Transportation. Here in Seattle, because they are temporary and don't damage the property, rainworks are legal as long as they don't advertise anything. They basically fall in the same category as chalk art.
If you want to make rainworks on private property, make sure you have the permission of the property owner!
What's the difference between "durable" stencil and uncut stencil material? (Other than one being precut.) I.e., is all the stencil material "durable"? And what does "durable" mean?
When it comes to making rainworks, we've found that the best stencil materials are slightly absorbent, which prevents the spray from dripping off and blurring the edges of the design. "Durable" means the stencil satisfies that requirement while also being able to last an extended number of uses without degrading or deforming.
To answer your question, ALL of the stencil material we are providing, both pre-cut and uncut, is durable. Apologies for the confusion!
Rainworks Invisible Spray is designed for absorbent surfaces, like concrete and wood. Basically anything that changes color when it gets wet. Impermeable surfaces such as glass and plastic it will have no effect on.
Seattle hardly gets any snow, so we haven't had the chance to find out! Under your average part-dry, part-rainy conditions, they last around 2-4 months, sometimes longer.
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