Oleophobic coating

oleophobic coating

Go oleophobic! No more stains, smudges or dirt

Stains on your favourite shirt and fingerprints on your smartphone screen and eyeglasses; irritating isn’t it? Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from these scourges anymore. At least not if you get your hands on an oleophobic coating!

If you are looking for oleophobic coatings for industrial use or to apply at home, you have come to the right place! We will reveal the secrets from clean machinery to fingerprint free screens.

But what is the use of oleophobic coating exactly?

The answer is easy! It could be almost anything from industrial uses to do-it-yourself applications.

Oleophobic coating kit makes any surface oil repelling

oleophobic coating on textile close up

Oleophobic coating on fabric does not let the textile absorb water.

The largest volumes of oleophobic coating are applied in industrial environments during the production of (consumer) goods. These industrial applications include for example screen protection, kitchen worktops, lenses and displays and even textiles.

Furthermore, these coatings are applicable on larger surfaces such as walls and doors, for special protective purposes. These special coatings which possess oleophobic properties include:

These coatings additionally resist chemicals and solvents; and in addition to oil, they also repel water and other liquids.

And at home then?

Oleophobic spray is the most common consumer product; it is applicable in for example kitchens and bathrooms making the surfaces easy to clean. The coating is additionally, available as an oleophobic coating kit, which contains all you need for renewing the coating. Not only does the kit include the oleophobic coating spray but also the equipment you will need for the application.

Renewing? 

Yes. Nowadays, almost all smart devices receive an oleophobic coating layer during production, to protect the screen from fingerprints and other oily smudges. Unfortunately, this layer wears off as it gets older. Oleophobic coating wearing off can also be caused by certain chemicals. Therefore, you should be careful with what you clean your screen with.


Inspired by nanotechnology

So, what is oleophobic coating?

The highly innovative oleophobic coating is developed on basis of nanotechnology which allows creating and modifying materials in nano size. Thus very tiny; for 1 nano metre is one billionth of a metre.

Nice to know: oleophobic is sometimes referred to as lipophobic instead. Lipohobic coating does thus, the same thing.

Oleophobic literally means “afraid of oils” and it refers to materials with zero affinity to oil. The most well-known oleophobic liquid is water. Oleophobic means that whenever oil touches the material, it rolls off the surface instead of sticking to it.

It sounds cool, but that’s not all.

The oil repelling properties give endless uses for the coating. Next to letting oils roll off, the coating is also:

  • Self cleaning
  • Anti corrosive
  • Non wetting
  • Anti icing

Therefore, an oleophobic coating is also suitable for example for machinery standing outside; it does not let ice stick to it, it won’t rust or get wet and it will be easy to clean. The vertical surfaces, usually do not need any additional cleaning due to the fact that nothing sticks on those. The horizontal surfaces, for their part may need a wipe every now and then.

But, what else is it good for? We’ll tell you!

The game changer in oilproofing

Imagine shoes that are never wet or dirty. Or a suit you never need to take to the dry cleaner. Oleophobic coatings are suitable for a wide range of surfaces; fabric is one of them. and the effect is as described. The coating could start the next revolution in the fashion industry, or better yet, it could make the current content of your wardrobe water and dirt proof!

Getting curious?

Rust-Oleum NeverWet

Rust-Oleum NeverWet Liquid Repelling Treatment| £14.99

The first oil and water repelling coating for the consumer market was introduced by NeverWet which is distributed by Rust-Oleum. In the UK this oleophobic coating kit is available for example from Homebase.

It’s even easy to apply!

It only takes three steps to complete the application!

  1. Apply 2 or more layers of base coat allowing the first layer to dry for 15 minutes.
  2. Apply top coat after letting the base coat dry for 30 minutes.
  3. The system is dry and functional after 30 minutes from applying the top coat

It is additionally applicable on wood, metal, aluminium, PVC, concrete, masonry, asphalt, fibreglass and most plastics. The coating comes in a package of 2.5 litres which is enough for covering 32 square metres.

Good news for the industries!

Rust-Oleum offers also an industrial version of this coating. The industrial NeverWet Oleophobic Oil Repelling Treatment consists of a base coat and a topcoat. The system is applicable on substrates such as walls, worktops and machinery. The coating is suitable for example for wood, concrete, metal and masonry.

And what it does…

  • Creates a water and oil repelling surface
  • Repels chemicals such as hydraulic, machine and motor oils
  • Helps manage flow of lubricants, oils and other liquids for easy cleaning

A word about applying…

The industrial NeverWet system is applicable with air automised spray. The first coat, base coat, requires 45 minutes to settle before the top coat can be applied. The surface is water repellent already after 30 minutes after applying. However, it requires 12 hours for optimal performance.

The anti fingerprint coating for smart devices

An application little longer on the market is anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating for smart devices. Even though most touchscreen devices receive an oleophobic layer during the manufacture, a new layer may sometimes come in handy. The industrial coating can namely, wear off with time or as a cause of incompatible cleaning chemicals.

Luckily, you can purchase an oleophobic coating kit for example from Amazon and apply the coating yourself. If you are however, not interested in applying the coating yourself, you can also get an oleophobic screen protector with improved anti-fingerprint properties.

The new coating can remarkably improve the oleophobic properties of the screen.

See the difference yourself!

4 easy steps to renew oleophobic coating

oleophobic coating kit results

Comparison of treated (below) and untreated (above) phone screen; the oleophobic coating does not let the oil spread.

As the coating kits are available for consumers, you can create an anti fingerprint layer for your phone yourself.

You can apply oleophobic coating fast, in four simple steps.

  1. Clean the screen with a microfiber cloth (usually included in the coating kit)
  2. Drop the coating liquid onto the screen (10 to 15 drops) and coat the surface. Note that you must be fast due to the fact that the coating dries quickly.
  3. Repeat step 2 twice or three times and let the coating dry for 6 – 8 hours

Tip: To maximise the effect and durability of the coating, apply 2 – 3 coats on different days on the surface.

And how much does it cost?

Company Supplier Price
Samurai Fuji Shop Amazon £20.69
J- Innovation Amazon £20.69
NOBUCoarporationZ Amazon £20.69

Oleophobic coating vs. gorilla glass

A common misconception is that oleophobic coating is not needed on gorilla glass. It is also often asked whether oleophobic coating is better than gorilla glass. The fact, however, is that gorilla glass is hardened glass which also receives an oleophobic coating when manufactured. Oleophobic coating in turn, improves the screen durability by being scratch resistant like gorilla glass. Neither of them however, is scratch proof!


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2 replies
  1. Martina
    Martina says:

    I have 2 part painted mdf kitchen doors in dark navy. It shows every finger print. No handles just push open… any suggestion for an anti fingerprint treatment? There is 8 doors. Thanks martina

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