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Make Rain Drawings with NeverWet!

It's fun to make outdoor rain drawings with Rust-Oleum NeverWet. Maybe this project could be your next addition to your front porch stoop, back patio, or driveway. 

Here are two examples of the types of artwork you can create: 

Nathan Sharratt - Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

This one was inspired by the Broadway musical Annie.

Nathan Sharratt I'm Only Happy When It Rains

A lyric from "I'm Only Happy When It Rains" by Garbage.

So, how can you make your own rain art with NeverWet?

Step 1:  You need a stencil. You can do something simple or use an image that includes a fair amount of detail. I created my own stencils from cardboard, but there's no reason you can't use a ready-made or store-bought stencil. Just know that NeverWet will get sprayed on that, too.

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Step 2: Place stencil on concrete. I recommend that you only try this on light-colored concrete for best results. I also used a repositionable adhesive spray on the back of my stencils to keep them securely in place. Depending on the complexity and material of your stencil, you may be able to get away with just using tape to hold it down, or maybe using nothing at all. If your stencil is as complicated as mine pictured above, you'll definitely need to adhere it down.

Step 3: Spray the NeverWet into the cut-out areas of your stencil according to the manufacturer's instructions found on the label. I did two base coats and two top coats.

Step 4: After waiting for the recommended amount of time (see NeverWet instructions), remove your stencil. If you look closely, you will probably be able to see the light, translucent residue that the NeverWet leaves behind.

See the translucent text?

Step 5: Wait for rain or add water yourself. Enjoy your new piece of art!  



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Notice how the water beads on the surface that's been treated with NeverWet.

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"The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow" video
 - features DIY instructions! (URL:

"I'm Only Happy When It Rains" video (

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Posted 2013-07-31T22:58:53+0000  by NathanSharratt NathanSharratt
Is the top coat just to make it last longer? I'm wanting to do a temporary stencil so do I just leave out the top coat step?
Posted 2020-06-02T02:10:35+0000  by BrittBoo2114

Hey BrittBoo2114,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

The top coat is required for the final coating to bond and perform. Without it, you'd be wasting your time, effort, and money into making your stencil.


Posted 2020-06-24T14:18:59+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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