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#1 Cover for car

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:10 am
by AshM
Off to collect my car at the weekend and looking forward to getting some miles on the new engine over the next few months.

I have decided to treat it to a new dust cover (for internal use in the workshop only).

Research has shown me there are a plethora of choices and costs so thought I would see if anyone on here has any specific recommendations that they are particularly pleased with.

I hate being without the car - nothing to do - even the workshop has had a makeover. :bigrin:

cheers
Ash
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#2 Re: Cover for car

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:30 pm
by bobsnicholson
A neat and tidy workshop/garage is the sign of a person with a sick mind :lol:
Cannot advise on covers as my cars are garaged but not covered.
Enjoy the new engine

#3 Re: Cover for car

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:31 pm
by christopher storey
I am very much against the use of covers unless you can absolutely guarantee that your site is dehumidified at all times. Anything else is almost certain to result in the cover absorbing and retaining moisture, and the end result of this is usually extensive micro-blistering. the only time I would use a cover is for transient protection if, for example, a very dusty job was being undertaken , and then only for perhaps 24 hours at most

#4 Re: Cover for car

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:26 pm
by mgcjag
Hi Ash...i use loose polyester covers.....polyester dosnt absorbe moisture and remains dry......i did try just plain loose cotton sheet but cotton gets damp very quick......my garage is brick with slate roof and not sealed so dehumidifier not worth useing....during winter when its damp/misty etc i run a desk fan on the floor blowing under the car.....condensation/moisture will not form on a surface with moveing air blowing over it

#5 Re: Cover for car

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:59 am
by chrisfell
My car has been covered with old candle wick bedspreads for all of the last 16 years. The only purpose is to keep the dust off the paintwork, a task these covers perform well. In fact the very same covers were used on my previous classic for almost 20 years, without any detriment to the paintwork in over 36 years of use.

I have a cheap (Halfords) general cover for when the car is on tour. It fits my 2+2 perfectly, is waterproof and breathable.

#6 Re: Cover for car

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:54 am
by Barry
Unless you can guarantee a humidity level of 55% max, do not under any circumstances put a cover on your car for reasons already mentioned. Secondly, and looking at the cleanliness of your garage, I imagine you are very fussy about the condition of your paintwork. In which case to cover a car risks further fine scratches on the paintwork, as the cover is dragged over the paint finish when putting on and off. I proved this following mopping my paintwork with a rotary polisher, and no matter how carefully I put the cover on, I got some fine scratch lines. When you have a concours paint finish, a cover is certainly a mistake. As for Chrisfell with the candle wick bedspreads, well, need I say anymore! Having said that, not everyone is interested in a concours paint finish, each to his own.

#7 Re: Cover for car

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:31 am
by Jonny XKE
I prefer my carcoon veloce. Easy to get in and out due to the frame. I can look at it through window! and get into it quickly without taking off the whole cover. Also no scratches pulling the cover on and off. Keeps it dry and moisture free. You can put it away if it gets a bit dirty unlike normal covers. Finally it also keeps away rodents.

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#8 Re: Cover for car

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:24 am
by Barry
Excellent, Jonny, particularly in the type of garage you have. Lofty open roof space with what looks like an old clunch wall at the back, gives an opportunity for condensation to form. The Carcoon solution with the fans, keeps humidity levels low and also keeps away rodents as you say. I used a similar solution before I could design my own garage to counter condensation, well insulated (u value same as a house) and an open roof with no trusses using what is called a flitch beam (so capable of one car above another.) I live in the country, so rodent control is important, so I have flexible rubber seals on all doors. I still have professional de-humidifiers on automatic control on the odd occasion when humidity rises above 55%, with external drainage to the outside. To get back on theme, therefore, no need for a cover!