Public urination is EXTREMELY GROSS on many levels. Aside from people having to potentially witness the actual act, what’s left behind is a wretched odor and a disgusting stain that offends long after the deed is done.
In San Francisco, officials are sick and tired of the people’s pungent pee, so they’re doing something about it, using pee repellent paint.
This is not your ordinary paint because it does more than just protect public walls from bodily fluids; it actually will splash the urine back on the offender. They’ve coated some walls with this special type of paint that would make urine splash wildly up at the perpetrator – over his shoes, legs… even on their face.
The superhydrophobic coating costs about $200 to apply to each wall, and it essentially gives the concrete and waterproof layer.
We are piloting it to see if we can discourage people from peeing at many of our hot spots. Nobody wants to smell urine,” as Public Works Director, Mohammed Nuru told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The San Francisco paint, Ultra-Ever Dry (inspired by Germany’s brilliant idea on the issue of smelly pee), comes from a chemical cleanup company in Florida, which boasts:
Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary omniphobic technology to coat an object and create a surface chemistry and texture with patterns of geometric shapes that have “peaks” or “high points”. These high points repel water, some oils, wet concrete, and other liquids unlike any other coating.
So if you pee on a painted wall… Well, Goodluck to you, Sir!