Tuesday 8 November 2016

Outdoor Car Covers - The Truth

At this time of year we get lots of customers, looking to purchase covers as presents, for loved ones, or for their pride and joy for the first time. But, there seems to be an awful lot of mis information being spouted to customers out there about outdoor car covers, either by companies new to this game mis informed or just stupidity. Some of the common questions we get
a) My cover needs to be fleeced lined - Bad idea, this will trap and hold moisture and dirt inside the cover and will rub your paintwork over time. It will take a long time to dry out also.
b) A cover is NOT a garage, it won't keep your car totally dry against dew and moisture but should keep rain out if its waterproof.
c) Cheap, semi fitted covers are not the same as Bespoke, custom made in terms of fit and quality.
d) Water Resistant is not the same as Water proof
e) Covering your car wet, may be ok with a breathable cover but not if its been driven before hand as the water will contain road dirt particles. When the water evaporates off it will leave the dirt behind.
f) Removing the cover once every few weeks is just common sense.
g) You have to be prepared to be thorough before covering. Use a dust brush to remove dirt, before hand. Don't just throw the cover on and hope.
h) More layers means its better is not always the case, if the cover doesn't fit well and flaps against the paint it doesn't matter how many layers it has.
i) UV and heat kill covers, like any piece of material left outside, it won't last forever. 2 years is good for any outdoor cover no matter what you are told.
These are just some of the common mis conceptions we get asked about, and having sold covers for over 10 years we think we know this business

The Car Cover Specialists,

Friday 4 November 2016

Is my car cover leaking?

Every year, around this time of year the same old question arises with outdoor car covers.  "Is my car cover leaking?"

The simple answer is No it probably isnt,

Its not leaking, its simple physics due to the time of year, when Damp, Heavy Air passes through breathable fabric, such as a Breathable Car Cover and comes into contact with a cold metal car, forming dew.

This can also be seen, at night or early morning with cars in the street that have moisture on them, yet its not been raining.  Same principle.  What it means it your car cover is working properly, allowing air to pass both ways through it.

As the temperature rises during the day, this occasional moisture will vent away as the air passes out into the atmosphere.  Chances are in Summer and warmer climates you will never see this, but remove car early morning in places like the UK and some parts of Europe and you will.

The only way to prevent this phenomena it to fit a non breathable, plastic cover, which is bad news all round and something we would never recommend.  The damp air cant get in, but also, any moisture under the cover, rising up from the ground will get trapped.  The car can also sweat during summer months so a breathable cover is ALWAYS the way to go.

The Car Cover Experts -