NeverWet is a super hydrophobic coating that you can get at the hardware store. It is applied to a surface by spraying several coats of 2 different aerosol cans.
If you mask off sections of the surface before coating you can get interesting results…
I had the thought that coating something light like a ping-pong ball would create a spectacular effect where the ball seemed to levitate on the surface of the water. So here are the results…
I am currently certain that a ping pong ball covered in NeverWet will be ejected higher when it is released from the bottom of a container of water. I am guessing that the lack of surface tension will not slow the ascent as much as it would on a normal ball.
When I get to that experiment, I’m sure it will be amazing.