Oleophobic coating Australia

Oleophobic coating

Nanotechnology allows oleophobic surface development

Thanks to today’s advanced nanotechnology, it is possible to create surfaces which repel oils and many solvents. The oil repellent surfaces can be realised with oleophobic coating. The coating was first introduced to the consumer world as a protecting layer on the screen of iPhone 3GS. Nowadays, the screen of every modern smartphone has a layer of oleophobic coating on them. The coating has also another name; anti fingerprint coating, which derives from its ability to reduce fingerprints on smart device screens and displays.

Why Oleophobic coating?

Oleophobic coating provides a certain amount of finger smudge resistance to your smartphone’s display; it doesn’t make it fingerprint proof but keeps the grease at bay, not allowing it to adhere to the glass. This is why a simple wipe with a soft cloth will often leave the smartphone looking brand new, without the use of any extra cleaning solutions. Usually, if any normal glass has fingerprints or other oil smudges, on it, trying to wipe it with a cloth will only makes the matters worse. The grease spreads across the surface and just follows the cloth’s strokes, without coming off completely – it generally needs some kind of cleaning solution for complete removal. In general the factory made oleophobic layer on smart phones lasts about two years. When the coating wears out, oil adheres to the screen better. Fortunately, you can recoat the screen with an oleophobic coating kit.

DIY anti fingerprint screen

If the coating layer on your smartphone screen wears out, you can easily fix it yourself. Recoating the screen only takes 5 simple steps and 1 to 2 minutes.  The following steps guide you through the application by oleophobic coating kit.

  1. Remove all dust, dirt and grease from the screen with a microfiber cloth (usually in the kit).
  2. Drop 10 to 15 drops of the coating onto the screen and spread it to the whole surface. You must do it rather fast due to the fact that the coating hardens fast.
  3. Repeat the second step 2 or 3 times and let it dry for 6-8 hours
  4. Repeat the application on several days to maximise the performance and durability of the coating.

oleophobic coatingOleophobic coating prices in Australia

There are several companies who provide oleophobic coatings or protectors for smart devices (see below). However, it is also possible to purchase these products online for example on Amazon or eBAy. An oleophobic coating kit for example costs some AUD 25 and the price of an glass or plastic protector varies between AUD 10 and AUD 20.

Other uses of oleophobic coatings

The unique oleophobic technology is also used in other applications than only screens and displays. The coating is namely ideal for applications on textiles, car interiors and windows as well as eye- and sunglasses. Additionally several industries such as commercial marine, use oleophobic coatings due to their excellent ability to resist dirt from adhering. This means thus that coated surfaces are easy to clean and they will look like new after cleaning.

The oleophobic properties are sometimes combined with hydrophobic or super hydrophobic characteristics to create coatings that are both water and oil repellent. These coatings are also available for the consumers in spray applications. They are ideal for instance for making clothes and shoes water proof and easy to clean.

oleophobic coatingOleophobic spray for textile

An oleophobic spray (with hydrophobic properties) makes your shoes and clothes waterproof and prevents dirt and grease from adhering into them. In Australia there are at least two products NeverWet and LiquidOff which are especially developed for water- and dirt-proofing fabrics such as shoes and jackets. The prices of those products are between AUD 40 and AUD 60. The product might seem expensive but it is enough for spraying 28 pairs of shoes!


oleophobic coatingWater and dirt proof car interior

Car interiors are often subject to stains and smudges which are difficult to completely remove. Therefore, a hydrophobic and oleophobic spray has been developed to keep car interiors clean (or at least easy to clean). For example Nanoman offers such a product for AUD 39.95.  The product makes the seats and other textiles in the car waterproof and easy to clean completely. However, the fabric remain breathable and the appearance does not change.


The video clip demonstrates the effects of super hydrophobic and oleophobic coating in different substances.

Oleophobic coating companies in Australia – Kits & Sprays

The following companies offer oleophobic coating kits and sprays in Australia.

Rhino Shield
Specialised in oleophobic coating kits for phones

NJ Services Pty Ltd trading as The 3 of Us
Level 1
267 Hawthorn Road
Caulfield North
VIC 3152

Ultra Ever Dry dealer (see video)

Unit 1, 1 Prosperity Parade
Warriewood NSW 2102 Australia

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