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Puffin Spray covers fabrics with a nano-particle coat, making it magically water repellent, while not affecting color or texture.

About this project

                    Super Hydrophobic Water Repellent

Puffin Spray Creates a Hydrophobic Nano-Layer when applied
Puffin Spray Creates a Hydrophobic Nano-Layer when applied
Even repels maple syrup!
Even repels maple syrup!
Keep your denim jeans looking brand new, without washing!
Keep your denim jeans looking brand new, without washing!

The Invention

It started with a simple Bike Seat. I was tired of seeing plastic bags on bike seats to protect the seat from rain. People do this to keep their bike seat dry and protected from the elements. But they look terrible, tear off, and don't really work well. 

Is that a bike seat or a discarded seamless order?
Is that a bike seat or a discarded seamless order?

The only real saving grace with using a plastic bag is no one would want to steal that Raggedy Ann looking bike. 

The Idea

I started tinkering with water repellent sprays for shoes and tents. But we found they either just didn't work, only lasted a couple of hours, or completely ruined brand new bike seats. !No bueno! It became clear pretty quickly that we needed to go right to the manufacturing plants to find a custom solution to this problem. 

With a little effort, some tinkering in a manufacturing plant, and the help of nano science, we arrived on a special composite spray that coats each individual fiber of fabric it's sprayed on. After application of Puffin Spray, your bike seat will become hydrophobic, repelling water just like a Puffin's coat. That's why we call it Puffin Spray

Puffins coats are hydrophobic (read: magic)
Puffins coats are hydrophobic (read: magic)

Can I use it on my shirt??

Shortly after posting our project on kickstarter, we became inundated with questions. Can I use it on my shoes, shirts, pants, purses, watch bands, and more? Like the story of the post-it note, we wondered if we landed on an unintentional invention. So our team tinkered with the formulation and got to testing. Turns out we were in for an amazing surprise!

Puffin Spray works on any fabric!
Puffin Spray works on any fabric!

Puffin Spray makes any fabric hydrophobic!

We never expected Puffin Spray to be so effective on such a variety of applications. 

Puffin Spray works on:

  • Bike Seats
  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Shoes
  • Children's clothing and bibs
  • Hospital Scrubs (Repels fluids and liquids! Ick!)
  • Medical and Laboratory Coats
  • Purses
  • Watch Straps
  • Outdoor cushions/seating
  • Hats
  • Backpacks
  • Ski Hats
  • Gloves
  • Towels (Works great for tanning)
  • Tables, Outdoor Furniture
  • Jackets
  • Motorcycle Seats
  • Construction Boots
  • Uniforms
  • Tents
  • Car Seats and Mats
  • Boat Seats
  • And more!

 The Product

Puffin Spray is a custom formulated nano-particle, hydrophobic water repellent. It binds to each individual layer of fiber it touches, creating a hydrophobic nano-layer repelling liquids. When liquid normally comes into contact with a layer, the water droplet breaks because the surface has overcome the molecules surface tension. 

Puffin Spray works by altering the way water interacts with the surface layer. Instead of breaking the surface tension of the water droplet, it keeps the droplet intact, allowing it to bounce off, leaving you dry.

Even works with wine!
Even works with wine!

The coolest part is that Puffins Spray won't change the texture or color of the fabric you apply it to, unlike other commercial water repellents. Amazingly, Puffin Spray won't trap liquids or bacteria inside either, so it maintains breathability. It simply coats the existing fibers with a layer of hydrophobic spray. This means your shirt, pants, shoes, bike seat, and more will repel sweat and remain odor free. 

Environmentally Friendly

We love Puffin Spray because you can apply it to anything you own. You can keep your favorite shirts, jackets, bike seats, shoes, and more, instead of buying new ones when they get too dirty or wet! This means less trash in landfills (happy puffins)!

Puffin Spray is environmentally friendly! It was important for us when we were developing Puffin Spray to find something that not only worked, but didn't completely wreck the environment as a result. Puffin Spray contains ingredients that are present in water, animals, and plants, and are part of the normal human diet! 

Works great on leather and shoes!
Works great on leather and shoes!

The Benefits

Puffin Spray is super easy to use. Simply:

  • Clean the surface make sure it's dry and dirt free. 
  • Apply about 6 inches away from the surface and ensure complete coverage. 
  • Wait at least 4 hours before using.
  • Enjoy!
  • (Optional: Mock wet friends and family members!)
  • If after heavy use your fabric is not repelling water as much as it used to, it's time for a refresh. Simply repeat the steps above!

Make sure to test Puffin Spray on an inconspicuous area first to ensure desired effect is reached. 

Because of our specially formulated ingredients, Puffin Spray won't affect the texture or color of your fabric. This means there's no need to buy a new pair of shoes, shirt, or pants. You can keep the ones you have now and love to wear, but add an amazing hydrophobic layer. You could even spray a stranger's shoes for them and then be like "Pay it forward". That would be real cool.

 Keep the clothes you love, add a little Puffin love.

Puffin Spray doesn't affect texture or color and works like magic!
Puffin Spray doesn't affect texture or color and works like magic!

The unique ingredients define Puffin Spray from any other water repellent spray. Other types leave a coat of silicone or other base altering the texture or feel of the fabric. Then they apply a hydrophobic layer on top of the base, never penetrating the actual fiber layers. They also end up getting rubbed off really quickly. 

How long will Puffin Spray Last?

Friction is the name of the game. The more movement and wear the item gets, the more often it will need to be re-coated. In our testing clothing lasted for over 15 machine light-wash cycles. By hand washing your Puffin Sprayed items, you can greatly prolong the life of the each application and since Puffin Spray is stain proof, you won't have to! Applications that receive less friction and wear will last longer. Our manufacturer tests indicate that some coats can last months to years. 

If your clothing loses it's water repellency simply apply another light coat on top. It's additive nature stacks and replenishes the water repellency properties like new. 

Did we mention it's freaking magic? Nano-Science?? What the heck is that? I mean, we just turned a tissue into a cup...Imagine what Puffin Spray can do for you!  

Just Spray On
Just Spray On
Tissue treated with Puffin Spray
Tissue treated with Puffin Spray

Puffin Spray is water-soluble, non-flammable and completely safe. 

Once Puffin Spray has dried on the fabric, it bonds to the surface layer and is completely innocuous. Puffin Spray contains ingredients that are present in water, animals, and plants and are part of the normal human diet. It's even in many foods we eat (However, we do ask that you do not consume it).    

We do not recommend applying Puffin Spray directly to your skin. According to our MSDS, we recommend applying Puffin Spray outdoors or with good ventilation and not applying directly to skin, mucous membranes, or body parts.   

All Weather!

All Weather Resistant
All Weather Resistant

Because Puffin Spray works just like a Puffin's coat, you'll be able to resist everything mother nature throws at you.

Comments? Critiques? Message us.

Feel Free
Feel Free

Experience

Made In College is a full service accelerator that takes ideas and builds them from into full-fledged businesses from scratch. It starts with a simple idea submitted to our website. After the idea is run by a board of directors and potentially approved based on a variety of factors including viability, time to market, patentability, and more, it is assigned to a project lead who oversees the idea from conception to delivery. This process can take as little as two weeks to as much as two years depending on how developed the submitted idea is. 

Production teams include a PR/Media Manager, Video Editing/Content Creation, Prototyping Engineer, Communications Intern, and Team Lead. Rest assured, our team has the experience, training, funding, and oversight to manage this project with 100% confidence. Pledge with assurance!

Production

The production of Puffin Coat has already been acquired and competitively bid for price, quality, location, and environmental friendliness. Now we need to acquire funding to pay for production to begin! Thats where you come in. Love our product? Think it should be in a store near you? Pledge! Every dollar helps.

Timeline

We want to get you Puffin Spray as soon as possible. This means the second we know we have the backing to make Puffin Spray a reality, we'll set the wheels in motion. 

June-July -- Maximize funding of this Kickstarter project to give us the best flexibility of producing Puffin Spray and making it available to the world. 

Early August -- Once we're able to secure enough funding we'll immediately put the order in for Puffin Spray to be manufactured. We already have the labels, formula, and manufacturer ready, we just need your support to make it happen! We've done all the hard work and the lead time is just 2 weeks, which puts us at Mid-August receipt of order.

Mid-September -- Fulfillment of Puffin Spray by shipment with backers receiving Puffin Spray no later than September 31, 2014. 

Risks and challenges

We're mass manufacturing proprietary, custom formulated nano particle water repellent. We've also ran the gamut of testing on Puffin Spray before getting to this point. While we hope this process is streamlined, and our manufacturer has everything lined up to produce the product, there may be unforeseen delays. However, we have every impression that we can get Puffin Spray to you as quickly as promised.

What we won't do is produce a sub-par product. We put our name on Puffin Spray and don't take that opportunity lightly. We promise to keep you in the loop during the process so you feel this product is just as much your creation as it is ours.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • Yes! Puffin Spray coats the individual fibers of fabric to make them water repellent. Send us a message with a picture example of what you're curious about if you want us to try it!

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  • You won't notice a difference between the normal fabric's breathability before and after coating with Puffin Spray.

    It coats each individual fiber, instead of applying a broad layer on top of the entire surface and then coating it with a second water repellent coat like other products.

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  • The small will be over 300ml and the large over 700ml. We want to make sure that each bottle can coat the amount of shirts (or other things) that we promise. So, the sizes may get larger as we continue beta testing with friends and family.

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  • Other water repellents require two coats, coat the surface in a layer of chemicals, or contain harmful ingredients. Puffin Spray contains safe ingredients, only takes one application, and doesn't effect breathability of the fabric. It's hand down better than any other water repellent on the market.

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    Thank You! - You helped make Puffin Coat a reality and we'll send you a very special thank you card from Puffy!

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    Early Adopter Puffin Spray (Small) - Thanks for being an early adopter! You get Puffin Spray for an extra special price while supplies last! Including shipping within USA.

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    Puffin Spray (Small) - Your very own bottle of Small Puffin Spray. Great for keeping your bike seat water repellent and your butt dry. Works great for 1-2 seats and a couple of repeat coats. Including shipping within USA.

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    Puffin Shirt Style! Everyone loves Puffins...Why not show it off? Get your very own Puffin Spray Shirt! Treated with Puffin Spray to be super water resistant! Shirts are high quality, Made in USA, American Apparel.

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    Puffin Spray (Small) & Puffin Shirt - Your very own bottle of Small Puffin Spray and a Pufifn Shirt! Great for keeping your bike seat water repellent and your butt dry. Works great for 1-2 seats and a couple of repeat coats. Shirts are high quality, Made in USA, American Apparel shirts. Including shipping within USA.

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    Puffin Spray (Large) - Your very own Large bottle of Puffin Spray. Great for keeping your bike seat water repellent and your butt dry. Works great for 4-5 seats and a couple of repeat coats. Including shipping within USA.

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    Puffin Spray (Small) - Your very own Small bottle of Puffin Spray. Great for keeping your fabrics water repellent and you dry. Enough to cover 8 shirts or 10 bike seats with enough left for a couple of repeat coats.

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    Puffin Spray (Large) - Your very own Large bottle of Puffin Spray. Great for keeping your fabrics water repellent and you dry. Enough to cover 15 shirts or 30 bike seats with enough left for a couple of repeat coats.

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    Puffin Spray (Large) & Puffin Shirt - Your very own Large bottle of Puffin Spray. Great for keeping your fabrics water repellent and you dry. Enough to cover 15 shirts or 30 bike seats with enough left for a couple of repeat coats. Shirts are high quality, Made in USA, American Apparel shirts.

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    Puffin Spray (Small) x 3 and Puffin Shirt - Three bottles of Puffin Spray and your very own Puffin Spray Shirt! Great for keeping your fabrics water repellent and you dry. Each bottle has enough hydrophobic goodness to cover 8 shirts or 10 bike seats with enough left for a couple of repeat coats. Shirts are high quality, Made in USA, American Apparel shirts.

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    Puffin Spray (Large) x2 - Two Large bottles of Puffin Spray. Great for keeping your fabrics water repellent and you dry. Each bottle has enough hydrophobic goodness to cover 15 shirts and a couple of repeat coats.

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    Puffin Spray (Large) x2 & Puffin Shirt - Two Large bottles of Puffin Spray and a Puffin Shirt. Great for keeping your fabrics water repellent and you dry. Each bottle has enough hydrophobic goodness to cover 15 shirts and a couple of repeat coats. Shirts are high quality, Made in USA, American Apparel shirts.

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    Puffin Spray (Large) x 3 - Three Large bottles of Puffin Spray. Great for keeping your fabrics water repellent and you dry. Enough hydrophobic goodness per bottle to cover 15 shirts or 30 bike seats with enough left for a couple of repeat coats.

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    Puffin Spray God (Authorized Dispenser) - That's 10 Large bottles of Puffin Spray! Want to dole out Puffin Spray like a golden god? Puffin Spray Bulk gives you enough nano-particle goodness to coat everything within reach.

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Funding period

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