About this project
Super Hydrophobic Water Repellent
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.
The only real saving grace with using a plastic bag is no one would want to steal that Raggedy Ann looking bike.
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.
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 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
- Children's clothing and bibs
- Hospital Scrubs (Repels fluids and liquids! Ick!)
- Medical and Laboratory Coats
- Watch Straps
- Outdoor cushions/seating
- Ski Hats
- Towels (Works great for tanning)
- Tables, Outdoor Furniture
- Motorcycle Seats
- Construction Boots
- Car Seats and Mats
- Boat Seats
- And more!
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.
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.
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!
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.
- (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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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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