On Thursday, 5/21/2015, I pulled up the NeverWet test coupon that had been submerged since 12/14/2014, approximately 5 months.
Upon retrieval, there was no longer any visible air film on the coated side of the coupon - the silvery appearance was gone. Nevertheless, there was a marked difference between the treated side and the control. The NeverWet had retarded marine growth, if not prevented it:
Although both sides were covered with marine slime, the treated side had only one spot where something more complex than slime had attached (near the bottom). I decided to see how firmly things were adhering, so I lightly sprayed with a fine spray from a hose. Almost everything came off of the treated side.
|After light water spray|
And then, since it looked so good, I returned it to the water, just to see what would happen. The air film returned:
|Air film has returned|
So, tho the original experimental premise was proven false, a secondary experiment continues. After all, most real experimental discoveries do not come following a cry of "Eureka!", but rather accompanied by, "Hmmm, that's odd..."