As long as there has been weather, there have been clever people trying to protect their possessions from the elements. Some of the earliest methods used were coating wood and rope with pine tar and plant resins. These were especially useful for cultures that built and sailed ships. There is even evidence of Native Americans rubbing animal fat into the sides of their kayaks to keep water out. Modern technology has offered huge advances in waterproofing techniques, including the invention of polyurethane and epoxies that not only protect items from water damage, but sun and wind problems also. No matter what you need to protect, there's a special product just for you.