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Old 11-16-2020, 10:25 PM
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Thoughts on car covers?

We have a lot of trees with sap and bird poop and no garage. I want the shiny new paint protected as much as possible.

I'm hoping to have the SD home next week.

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Old 11-17-2020, 12:31 AM
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My Father lives in a gated senior citizen community and had is $125 Car Cover stolen. Note it was a real cloth one not one of those paper ones that fell like cloth.
He replaced it with a large plastic tarp like harbor fright sells. Less elegant and not as convenient to use but no one took it.

A Canvas Tarp would be better.

How does the pop and tree sap get cleaned off of a Car Cover?
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Old 11-17-2020, 04:24 AM
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Those plastic tarps will abrade your paint in the wind if used outside.
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Old 11-17-2020, 10:02 AM
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@ Diesel, I don't care about the cover. It's the paint that I want to protect.I'd like something decent that doesn't require a 2nd mortgage or at least protects, lasts, and is worth the money.

Tarps scratch paint and trap water/humidity causing rust. They aren't good for cars for other than a short time and if you don't care about the paint.

We have friends in gated communities in FL that are now on lockdown. Strange that a cover would get stolen there. Those people have enough money that they spend more than the cover costs going out to lunch (every day).
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Old 11-17-2020, 10:06 AM
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@tom, is that 39 a daily driver? That would be very cool.
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Old 11-17-2020, 10:55 AM
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I use these on my Benz'es which I store outside (W126, W114, W208) and have been pleased with them. The side zipper is definitely handy. I can access the interior of the car without undoing the securing straps.

They have a fabric underlayment which minimizes scratching. Over time they will allow very fine particles of dust/sand to accumulate under the cover but considering this is Arizona, it is to be expected. I give the car a quick "swoop" with a California Duster before re-covering.

Granted, this is in the desert where the main concern is the sun but I usually get a year or so use from them. $70 is cheap insurance. The cars are under the covers probably 90% of the time in direct sun.

https://www.amazon.com/stores/kayme/page/50D9C2D1-4A3B-4554-AB0B-5EDD02F64901?ref_=ast_bln

https://www.amazon.com/California-Car-Duster-62442-Standard/dp/B00008RW9U
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Old 11-17-2020, 01:22 PM
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Any recommendations for a w124 cover for vehicles stored in the garage (dust cover, paint protector)?
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Old 11-17-2020, 05:31 PM
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I bought the cheap one from Walmart

Budge. $30

works decent for a dust cover

lasted about 6 months till a hail storm punched a bunch of holes it it

bought the more expensive $70

much nicer cover but did not fit as well was the same size as the cheapo

lasted about 3 months till a seam tore

grrrrrrrrrrrrrr......
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Old 11-17-2020, 11:41 PM
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A car cover needs to breathe, if you put plastic tarp up against the paint it will trap moisture and then the sun will heat it and destroy your paint. Not to mention all the scratches it’s going to cause.

The tarp is going to kill the paint, just like a cheapie nylon cover would.
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Old 11-18-2020, 02:32 AM
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@ Diesel, I don't care about the cover. It's the paint that I want to protect.I'd like something decent that doesn't require a 2nd mortgage or at least protects, lasts, and is worth the money.

Tarps scratch paint and trap water/humidity causing rust. They aren't good for cars for other than a short time and if you don't care about the paint.

We have friends in gated communities in FL that are now on lockdown. Strange that a cover would get stolen there. Those people have enough money that they spend more than the cover costs going out to lunch (every day).
It is a lower end gated community that was built around 1966. No condos one story places.
There is visitors, the workers that maintain the place and kleptomaniacs.

Out here in CA the Houses have garages but few people put there Cars in them and few have car covers. Hence my lack of experience with them.

What was under the Car Cover. I can't remember if it was a 1957 or 1959 Ford Edsel Ranger; Lemon Yellow.

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