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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:00 am    Post subject: Outdoor car cover help Reply with quote

Hi chaps

Joined this morning and my first post!

Last weekend I put a deposit down on a 996 Targa. The car is all but showroom standard and want to do my best to keep it that way.

I work away from home in the week, and therefore want to try and look after it as best as possible. I have a drive way off road that I will keep the Car, but with lots of trees etc, I want to keep the car covered. Access to Garage is not easy.

My thinking is to get a car cover for it during the week. I've read horror stories about cheap ones scratching paintwork. I've looked at 911 design and they have the original outdoor cover for about £200 or a stormsheild (never heard of) for £300.

Any recommendations and advice chaps?
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum. I had the same issue as you, there is a tree in our front garden that dumps leaves, sap etc. on my Carrera white Cayman. I bought a cover from Amazon and I am dead pleased with it. It is fleece lined and waterproof with a heavy feel and has a zip door opening so you can get in if you need to without having to take the cover off. Only issue I had was there is only one strap and the wind kept blowing the back part of the cover up, but I have ordered extra webbing and clips off Feebay and I am going to sew these on this weekend. All in all for less than £50 its a really good deal. One piece of advice - only ever put the cover on a freshly cleaned car otherwise there is a chance of rubbing. PM me if you wish and I can point you in the right direction.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats sounds good for £50!

I've also started looking at the Carcoons.

The car wont get used at all during the week, only weekends.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a waterproof car cover made by 'maypole', it cost 50 quid.

I made the mistake of listening to the shop assistant and bought a size too big, its ok, but it always has to be strapped aswell, otherwise it just blows off.

it is totally waterproof. Don't buy 'shower proof'.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gents - still looking for recommendations for a outdoor car cover for the 996.

Some of the recommendations here so far are for boxster and cayman, having checked, they wont fit.

Thanks
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you looked at the OEM Porsche outdoor cover, I'd imagine it would fit like a glove and be good quality. The indoor cover certainly is.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJD wrote:
Have you looked at the OEM Porsche outdoor cover, I'd imagine it would fit like a glove and be good quality. The indoor cover certainly is.



Hi Mate - I've been told they are not that good in terms of protecting the paint. Apparently the lining on the inside isn't that great and can cause scratching.

Happy to be proved wrong.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

knw911 wrote:
KJD wrote:
Have you looked at the OEM Porsche outdoor cover, I'd imagine it would fit like a glove and be good quality. The indoor cover certainly is.



Hi Mate - I've been told they are not that good in terms of protecting the paint. Apparently the lining on the inside isn't that great and can cause scratching.

Happy to be proved wrong.


That surprises me but I've not used one I was just going on the quality and fit of the indoor cover.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJD wrote:
knw911 wrote:
KJD wrote:
Have you looked at the OEM Porsche outdoor cover, I'd imagine it would fit like a glove and be good quality. The indoor cover certainly is.



Hi Mate - I've been told they are not that good in terms of protecting the paint. Apparently the lining on the inside isn't that great and can cause scratching.

Happy to be proved wrong.


That surprises me but I've not used one I was just going on the quality and fit of the indoor cover.


do you have the indoor? whats the inside of it like?
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The indoor has a nice soft lining but it's no good for outdoors.

I have a mate that keeps a show standard car outdoors I will ask him what he uses for you.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJD wrote:
The indoor has a nice soft lining but it's no good for outdoors.

I have a mate that keeps a show standard car outdoors I will ask him what he uses for you.


Mate that would be ace!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My mate uses a cover systems cover he says none of them are 100% but he found it to be one of the best he has used.
He said you should expect to replace it every 2/3 years as the material will breakdown from uv etc and get it fitted as tight as possible to avoid chaffing.
He hasn't tried one but you can get a soft undercover so you have a 2 layer system.

Have you also seen the framed up and over system, worth a look Thumb
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Kev said the framed ones are ideal and not much more than a porsche OE outdoor cover at £350 and no messy taking off putting back on having to clean the car first etc etc.

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/clarke-cig1216-heavy-duty-instant-garage/?da=1&TC=GS-140611216&gclid=CPf6iqPX8M8CFRPgGwodlKAO-g
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

or does this inspire you to do some DIY building just some sheeting and timber
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil 997 wrote:
As Kev said the framed ones are ideal and not much more than a porsche OE outdoor cover at £350 and no messy taking off putting back on having to clean the car first etc etc.

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/clarke-cig1216-heavy-duty-instant-garage/?da=1&TC=GS-140611216&gclid=CPf6iqPX8M8CFRPgGwodlKAO-g



Is that machine mart item double skinned, because we have used something which looks similar for a number of years which was single skin......................great if it's pi$$ing down with rain, but in the frosty weather we got lots of condensation freezing on the inside........sun comes out.......everything underneath gets soaked as the ice melts?????
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sam wrote:
Phil 997 wrote:
As Kev said the framed ones are ideal and not much more than a porsche OE outdoor cover at £350 and no messy taking off putting back on having to clean the car first etc etc.

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/clarke-cig1216-heavy-duty-instant-garage/?da=1&TC=GS-140611216&gclid=CPf6iqPX8M8CFRPgGwodlKAO-g



Is that machine mart item double skinned, because we have used something which looks similar for a number of years which was single skin......................great if it's pi$$ing down with rain, but in the frosty weather we got lots of condensation freezing on the inside........sun comes out.......everything underneath gets soaked as the ice melts?????


Agreed Sam , Nothing can beat a proper garage but as a good way of keeping 95% off the car even if it does occasionally get wet from melting frozen condensation. with no wind inside blowing a cover about and chaffing you could put a cheap showerproof cover on as well for the worst of the winter especially as you probably wouldn't drive it much over that period anyway. Thumb
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil 997 wrote:
sam wrote:
Phil 997 wrote:
As Kev said the framed ones are ideal and not much more than a porsche OE outdoor cover at £350 and no messy taking off putting back on having to clean the car first etc etc.

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/clarke-cig1216-heavy-duty-instant-garage/?da=1&TC=GS-140611216&gclid=CPf6iqPX8M8CFRPgGwodlKAO-g



Is that machine mart item double skinned, because we have used something which looks similar for a number of years which was single skin......................great if it's pi$$ing down with rain, but in the frosty weather we got lots of condensation freezing on the inside........sun comes out.......everything underneath gets soaked as the ice melts?????


Agreed Sam , Nothing can beat a proper garage but as a good way of keeping 95% off the car even if it does occasionally get wet from melting frozen condensation. with no wind inside blowing a cover about and chaffing you could put a cheap showerproof cover on as well for the worst of the winter especially as you probably wouldn't drive it much over that period anyway. Thumb


True, maybe a good soft indoor cover on the car first and the shower proof item to keep the lot dry.....................belt and braces???
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buy the large size outdoor cover from Halfords. Its breathable, inside is fleece-lined, outside is waterproof. Has three straps to keep it secure.
Priced at £50.

Ensure car is clean and dry before putting on the cover.

Or spend £300 on a glove-fit bespoke cover from Porsche or someone else.

On windy cold dry days, take the cover off for half a day. Better still take the car off the CTEK charger and take it on a 50 mile drive to get all the fluids up to temp. Come home, wash the car and dry it off. Take it round the block to dry off the discs and then put back on charger and put under cover again for a few weeks. Repeat a few times October - March.

Take car out of hibernation in April and enjoy for 6 months!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cover systems up and over has a 50mm gap around the bottom for ventilation
I'm not sure how effective this is but it keeps the crap off the car and as said on a dry day you can open it up and air the car.

Phil, that's a nifty little DIY shelter so why not. Thumb

I bloody hate cars under trees can you not cut the damn thing down ?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The cover systems up and over had a 50mm around the bottom for ventilation
I'm not sure how effective this is but it keeps the crap off the car and as said on a dry day you can open it up and air the car.

Phil, that's a nifty little DIY shelter so why not. Thumb

I bloody hate cars under trees can you not cut the damn thing down ?



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Yea I thought so mate can't have cost the guy more than £50 to make it and it does the job Thumb so why not, problem is this thread has now got me looking at the machine mart ones as I didnt know they were so cheap and I would just leave the door rolled up as its my daily.
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