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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:39 pm

Hi

Can anyone recomend a decent outside car cover whilst I look for a new Garage/ 3 Bed house?

The Auto-Pyjama Auto-Storm full cover - SS looks good but is ?119 + straps and locks adding ?18+?8 + postage. Is this really worth the money or is a better one out there cheaper?

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:30 pm

Jason, I strongly recommend that you don?t use one at all. I?ve tried many different sorts, on metal cars, and no matter how ?breathable? or ventilated they are, they still trap condensation and even puddles of water as the condensation settles. That is a recipe for disaster for the paintwork of our cars.

If it was October, I?d suggest renting a garage. But at this time of year onwards, you won?t do any harm leaving the car outside. If it lets in water, take up the floor carpets and put in newspaper and change it frequently?the sun will soon dry it out.

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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:58 am

I ditto (archaic for agree with) Mark.
Whether they breathe or not, another negative for car covers is if it's windy and there's ANY grit or dirt on your car or car cover it'll scratch your paint like the devil as the wind buffets the cover. I've been there.
That said, if you have a clean car, a clean cover, and a carport or semi protected area, cloth car covers CAN protect your car from atmospheric damaging effects..
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PostPost by: rdssdi » Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:50 am

What about the inflatable car cover (car capsule is the name , I believe) in the outdoor configuration.

It remains inflated with a small fan and motor. I do not know how well it stands up to wind and the elements. If it stays inflated it should not contact the painted surface.

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PostPost by: rdssdi » Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:50 am

What about the inflatable car cover (car capsule is the name , I believe) in the outdoor configuration.

It remains inflated with a small fan and motor. I do not know how well it stands up to wind and the elements. If it stays inflated it should not contact the painted surface.

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PostPost by: elansprint » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:31 pm

Do not fit a cover it can cause micro blistering of the paint have used the indoor carcoon type these work well keep the car clean not so sure about the no condensation claim beware of the clear plastic type they harden & crack
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PostPost by: peterako » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:20 am

After using covers on my +2 for the past two years I have only one thing to say -

Don't!

They have destroyed my paint.

For many of teh reasons above, but the worst are:

- Moisture retention
- Wind (abrasion)

Now I leave it uncovered and am building a garage!! But teh paint has not deteriorated since.

And I now have 99% of my water leaks fixed :D

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PostPost by: Jason1 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:55 am

Hi

OK I get it, thanks for the advice :)

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