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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:59 pm    Post subject: Outdoor covers, should I and if so which one? Reply with quote

I'm feeling a bit sorry for my car all alone out in the cold and was thinking about a cover. There seem to be two very polarised views on them and also whether the expensive ones are worth it.

I've used the Halfords ones on a few cars that have sat out prior to restoration and they've been great for keeping the worst weather at bay. I do use one for my camper but it's not fully waterproof and though it says it's breathable I am worried about moisture trapped in there actually speeding up any issues.

So do you and which ones do you rate?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recently bought the super soft stretch indoor cover from these guys on the recommendation of the retailer and indie I go to (who both use their outdoor covers as well as indoor) and very pleased with it.

https://www.classicadditions.com/en-GB/car-covers/prodcat_1052

Also noticed that these covers are sold through PCGB for a modest members discount.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, yes they popped up on Google and the reviews are very good.

£181 for our size so a bit more than I'd hoped but I think it's a case of buy cheap buy twice with these things?

They do two outdoor versions, anyone have any experience of either or how the fit is?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cielo, by cover your car. Fits like a glove.





 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, that does look a nice fit. They describe the Cielo as their lightweight version, is yours under a car port?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent Quality
I have one for each car

Generic medium size fits both the turbo and R8

Grey996 wrote:
Thanks, yes they popped up on Google and the reviews are very good.

£181 for our size so a bit more than I'd hoped but I think it's a case of buy cheap buy twice with these things?

They do two outdoor versions, anyone have any experience of either or how the fit is?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great, thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Used a car cover for one winter and it fitted very snug, but i found it chafed the paintwork, so i don't use one now. There are no elements that will harm the paintwork if its kept waxed.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, yes that is a concern, did yours have a fleece layer?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any dirt on the car will rub as the cover moves. I personally wouldn’t use one. I’ve seen a car rubbed right through the laquer before on all 4 corners.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats the issue with covers, the car has to be clean, very clean, and preferably dry before one is put on, which isn't always convenient.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmm, as I cycle to work I only use the car a couple of times a week which got be thinking a cover would be good when it's stood out but I can't be washing and drying it after each drive before I put the cover back on.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just like wiping a dirty car with a cloth or using a sponge to wash it that’s not being rinsed often enough in clean water would cause swirling, same problem with a cover I would have thought, no matter how soft the lining.

The people that recommended those covers to me are using theirs on cars that are not being used regularly or in the case of the retailer are always clean with the covers removed for viewings. With your use pattern it may be worth a wax/sealant protection regime instead.

PS. saw a genuine Porsche 997 outside cover in the for sale section that looks like a great buy, may worth having that for the times when the car won’t be used for more than a few days Dont know
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'll give it some more thought but maybe they're not for me. Luckily I waxed the car yesterday!

I'm not sure about the OEM ones, they're described as 'water resistant' and don't look as good as some of the other four season covers out there, certainly not when looking at rrp, they do have the logo on though 😎
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thing Ive heard off is that microbubbles can form in the paint as well. Indeed I had an older car that got this in a few places after sitting under cover (fleece lined) after it got wet.

Its near on impossible to keep the cover completely dry indie or dirt free so Id just think about best way without one. The main issues are your brakes discs pitting from lack of use to be honest.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my car sits out in all weather all year, my theory is a good coat of wax regularly eg every 6 weeks, it gets cleaned every week and ACF50 the underside bits , it is only water after all, yes at some times of year theres sand etc in the rain but as long as its washed weekly even that shouldn't be an issue. Grin never used covers as I always read negative reports about them damaging the paint and also moisture getting trapped Thumb maybe if it was going to sit for weeks and weeks without use I might consider one of the tent type covers but need to understand more about what stops them blowing away on a stormy night. Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, well that's saved me £180 I can put towards my exhaust Thumb
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burty wrote:
Any dirt on the car will rub as the cover moves. I personally wouldn’t use one. I’ve seen a car rubbed right through the laquer before on all 4 corners.


If you look hard enough you'll be put off from doing anything. I would advise not waiting at bus stops as I've seen a video of a bus running someone over.

My car was splattered with bird crap under the car port, my daughter decided to write on it with stones. Nephews mates peering through the windows

No cover has ever damaged any of my cars. But plenty of damage without.
 
  
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