Abstract: Contact angles of glycerol and diiodomethane drops were measured on the surface of kaolin pellets covered with different amounts of dodecylamine chloride (DDACl) to as much as one monolayer. For a glycerol drop, the contact angle changed from 25.7° (bare surface) to 45.4° for the surface precoated with 0.125 monolayer of DDACl, but remained nearly constant above this level up to one monolayer. For a diiodomethane drop, the contact angle changed from 28.6° (bare surface) to 58.1° for one DDACl monolayer precoating. Using these contact angles and a modified Young equation, the dispersive and nondispersive components of the surface free energy of DDACl-covered kaolin were calculated. These data showed that in the extreme case (one monolayer) the dispersive component was reduced by the DDACl from ∼36 mJ/m2 (bare surface) to 25.4 mJ/m2, i.e., the value characteristic for paraffin (25.5 mJ/m2); however, the nondispersive component was not reduced to zero. A minimum value (15.83 mJ/m2) was determined for the sample covered with 0.125 DDACl monolayer (calculated), and a slight increase in the nondispersive component was observed for greater coverages. Such a change of the nondispersive component suggests that, at higher coverages, some adsorbed DDACl molecules were oriented with their polar ends off the surface. Based on the values of the γ sf d and γ sf n , the work of water spreading was calculated. This work was positive for the bare surface (32.8 mJ/m2) and methanol-treated (36.5 mJ/m2) kaolin surface, but negative for 0.125 DDACl monolayer precoating (-31.1 mJ/m2). It remained essentially unchanged for higher coverages. These data mean that bare and methanol-treated kaolinite surfaces were hydrophilic and that DDACl-treated surfaces were hydrophobic.