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1. (WO2019066806) DISPENSER
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A dispenser for dispensing absorbent product comprising:

an outer cover (102) having a first cover portion (104), a second cover portion (106) and an interior region configured to hold the absorbent product and at least partially defined by one or more of the first and second cover portions, wherein the first cover portion is movably engaged to at least a portion of the second cover portion along a cover joint (108); and

wherein the outer cover includes a hydrophobic section (210) proximate the cover joint to direct any water on the cover near the cover joint away from the cover joint.

2. The dispenser of claim 1 , wherein the hydrophobic section comprises a hydrophobic coating applied on the outer cover.

3. The dispenser of claim 1 , wherein the outer cover comprises a thermoplastic material and the hydrophobic section comprises a hydrophobic additive to the thermoplastic material.

4. The dispenser of claim 1 , wherein the hydrophobic section is only proximate the cover joint.

5. The dispenser of claim 1 , wherein the first cover portion has a first joint portion proximate the cover joint and the second cover portion has a second joint portion proximate the cover joint, and the hydrophobic section comprises the first and second joint portions.

6. The dispenser of claim 1 , wherein the first cover portion has a first joint portion proximate the cover joint and the second cover portion has a second joint portion proximate the cover joint, and the hydrophobic section comprises only one of the first and second joint portions.

7. The dispenser of claim 1 , wherein the outer cover has a top portion and a bottom portion opposite the top portion, and the top portion comprises the hydrophobic section.

8. The dispenser of claim 1 , wherein the outer cover comprises a hydrophilic section adjacent to the hydrophobic section.

9. A method comprising:

applying a hydrophobic material to a dispenser for dispensing absorbent product, wherein the dispenser has an outer cover having a first cover portion, a second cover portion and an interior region configured to hold the absorbent product and at least partially defined by one or more of the first and second cover portions, the first cover portion is removably engaged to at least a portion of the second cover portion along a cover joint; and the hydrophobic material is applied proximate the cover joint to direct any liquid on the cover near the cover joint away from the cover joint.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein applying the hydrophobic material comprises applying a coating of the hydrophobic material proximate the cover joint.

11 . The method of claim 9, wherein the outer cover comprises a thermoplastic material and applying the hydrophobic material comprises adding a hydrophobic additive to the thermoplastic material during a molding process forming the outer cover.

12. The method of claim 10, wherein the dispenser is a paper hand towel dispenser.

13. The method of claim 10, wherein applying the hydrophobic material comprises applying the hydrophobic material to a previously installed dispenser.

14. The method of claim 10, wherein providing the hydrophobic material comprises applying the hydrophobic material as a wide line at a top of the dispenser proximate the cover joint and providing a narrower line of the hydrophobic material at a portion of the dispenser below the top.

15. The method of claim 10, wherein applying the hydrophobic material comprises providing two lines of hydrophobic material separated by a first distance to create a channel for the liquid directing the liquid away from the cover joint.