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Old 07-24-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Okay so i don't have a garage and well i just bought my STI and its in excellent condition! but i'm afraid it will get damaged as that i don't have a garage for this baby. Is a car cover a good idea? I heard it helps and i also heard it can cause scratches? whats your tip or advice? i'm so far undecided, but i'm looking at calcovers.com
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:27 PM   #2
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Go onto Autogeek.net for a chart of all the covercraft covers and which one best suits your needs and the environment(s) that the car/cover will be exposed to most. A quality cover should not scratch a vehicle. However, if you don't put the cover on a clean vehicle you are risking scratches/marring. I always used the technique of laying the cover onto the roof and rolling it out onto the car, and doing the opposite to remove it from the vehicle. If you must cover the vehicle while it is dirty you should inspect/clean the cover ASAP to prevent damaging the car's finish and the cover. Never leave the cover on a vehicle for extended periods of time without inspecting what is going on underneath it. If moisture is trapped under a cover that doesn't allow moisture to evaporate properly, this could cause mold/mildew which will damage the vehicle and the cover which will void the warranty in most cases. Car covers are not meant to be permanent fixtures for vehicles outside for even if the cover has UV protectant on it, overtime it will start to deteriorate. Whichever cover you go with make sure you gain as much knowledge about it as far as what it is intended to do and how to properly maintain it(cleaning/protecting). It is more cost effective to get a cover that comes with a warranty and is made to fit your specific vehicle. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for, and all covers are not created equal.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:10 PM   #3
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i would most definetely get a car cover. you can never be to cautious
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:54 PM   #4
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thanks, i just read around saying its bad if the car is dirty and you put the cover on
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:06 PM   #5
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do you have space to buy a car tent? that way is much easier and better.

you risk scratching your car every time you put that cover on when your car isn't completely clean.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:08 PM   #6
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do you have space to buy a car tent? that way is much easier and better.

you risk scratching your car every time you put that cover on when your car isn't completely clean.
I live on base, so having a tent in a parking lot is just asking to get effed with lol.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:12 PM   #7
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what exactly are you trying to protect it from? if you're scared the sun is going to wear your car down over time.. it might be more reasonable to buy some decent waxes to put on there.

and how often do you drive the car? if its not daily then maybe a car cover might be ok.

and what color is your car?
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:04 AM   #8
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what exactly are you trying to protect it from? if you're scared the sun is going to wear your car down over time.. it might be more reasonable to buy some decent waxes to put on there.

and how often do you drive the car? if its not daily then maybe a car cover might be ok.

and what color is your car?
its daliy, it storms and rains in upstate new york, and the suns blazing once the rain goes away
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:46 AM   #9
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If its a daily, I wouldn't waste the money with a car cover. In all actuallity, you may put it on a lot at the beginning, but will just get tired of it after a while. Your money would be best spent in detailing products such as a polisher and good products to go with it.

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Old 07-25-2011, 12:09 PM   #10
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Your in a tough stop for a cover:

SubieDugie is rite on with his assessment of how and why to cover and the importance of car cleanliness when being covered.
Your in a situation that I was 6-7 years ago with my show car....I had no storage area so I covered it every night after it was driven. Because I could not always wash it I always wiped it down with a cali duster, but over time scratches were evident from the cover and the dusters repetitive movement of dirt.
If you go with a cover get a cover that is made of NOAH material. I have found my last 2 on ebay for under $100 shipped. They are fitted to the car and have mirror pockets and dont blow off easy. Also they usually come with a cable lock kit.

The material looks like this:



NOAH is water resistant but not water proof by any means. A good down poor and its soaked through. If its dirty and then gets wet the dirt is drawn deeper into the material and will eventually make its way to the other side and leave film/dry pattern on the car. I take the cover to the laundry mat and wash it at least once if not twice a year depending on how dirty its gotten. Also I hit it with a can of camp dry/water proofing spray right after its been washed and is dry. When my car was outside I also used a cheep Walmart cover over top of the NOAH one ...they are made of Tyvek and are 100% water proof. If the car is going to sit for a few days or you know its going to storm its a life saver if your NOAH cover is not super clean.

www.calcarcover.com
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:06 PM   #11
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IMO, in most instances, car covers are not going to help protect your paint's finish. Why? You will do more damage to your car simply by driving it than you ever would by parking it, and not driving it. Just think of all the rocks and sand and everything flying at your car as you drive it. That's where the harm comes from. Putting a cover on it when its parked isn't going to protect it from anything.

When would I use one? Only if I had no other option for medium to long term storage. Put it on and leave it alone for months.

Spend your money on learning how to maintain the paint. Buy a quality dual action polisher (Porter Cable, aka: PC) Buy some quality polishes, waxes, and micro fibers. Learn to clay bar, learn to do touch up (gotta wet sand those blobs!). None of this stuff is hard, just gotta get in there and do it.

If there ever was a task that web based info was made for, its auto detailing. SOOOO much info out there.

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Old 07-26-2011, 02:26 PM   #12
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….pros and cons. You need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of using a car cover and figure out if it’s worth using in your application. Personally, I can think of a number of scenarios where I would rather take my chances with a car cover rather than leaving the vehicle open to the elements. It really depends on the environment and what the car will be exposed to. ….overspray, industrial fallout, bird bombs, tree sap, sprinklers, runoff, leaks (ex. from parking garages), etc. can all be real problems for some individuals that are difficult to otherwise avoid. A good LSP (last step product; wax/sealant) will certainly help but isn’t always an adequate enough solution.

Having said that, as with any product like this (bras/masks as well), it can be a lot of work trying to mitigate potential issues caused by the contact of the product with the finish of the vehicle. As others have said, keeping the car and the cover clean are vital to helping prevent marring. However, you also have to consider the blemishes you may likely be inducing by using “quick detail” methods prior to installing the cover once you get to your destination (vs. a typical routine of washing once per week). Couple this with the fact that it’s a DD and you can see where vinxH says it may not be worth it.

In the end, it really comes down to what works for you. Even if it’s simply just to keep the car “clean” and you are “ok” with any additional risks involved with using the cover, I don’t see a problem. If you do decide to use one, I would take SubieDugie’s advice and monitor the situation to ensure you are satisfied with the performance of the product and your process (and so you can nip any potential issues you notice before they become larger problems).
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:33 PM   #13
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You should buy the all weather proof cover.
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