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Old 12-21-2005, 03:51 PM
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Car cover good idea or bad?

I would like to get covers for my Mustangs but I hear from some that they are only good for indoor storage and can damage paint if used outside. One of these cars has only been painted for about three months and is the one I am most concerned about since the other one will be repainted next spring anyway. Good idea or bad? Any recommendations as to Type? Brand?

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good 1's will cost, there are 1's you can use outside but there gonna be expensive. get a fitted cover, 1 that will not flap in the wind.
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The one I have in mind is from Autozone, the brand name is Budge, they have several different types with the best one being the one called "Max" It is supposed to be the most rain resistant but not waterproof and when I asked if they could get one that is truly waterproof I was told that none were completely and that it really was not a good idea to use any of them for outside storage on a regular basis. Since the paint on one of these cars is only a little over 90 days old I thought it best to ask to avoid any surprises later. May sound like a dumb question but I have never used a cover before and I really didn't know if the guy at the store knows what he is talking about or not.
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Car covers for outdoor use are the Pitt's. All it will do is contribute to rusting your car out. The ones that claim to breath let water in, and the ones that are truly water proof will not let moisture escape. It's a catch 22.

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302, That's almost word for word what the parts guy said. I need these things for about 2 months use while my garage is tied up with another project, do you think that length of time could be a problem on the recent paint? Wet leaves, tree sap and cats, damn cats are my biggest concerns.
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I think that you are better not cover it at all, than to use a cover outside. The wind moves it around which rubs it against the paint.....acts like sandpaper.

Shoot the damn cats......................
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Actually, my experience with covering a car, with cats around, is it is a bad idea. I had one of my cars stored in a neighbor's garage a few years ago. He had cats, so he covered my car, to protect it. Well, the cats jumped on it numerous times. When they landed, they slid, so the claws came out. The result was that the car ended up with scratches all over. I would have been better off to leave it outside, uncovered.

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I guess it looks like I will pass on the cover idea then I will just try and keep them clean.

If I shoot the cats then my wife and daughter would most likely shoot me
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Don't shoot the cats!!!! Get a live trap and put it somewhere, like behind the garage where the wife and daughter don't go. Get one cat a month or so. Sooner or later you'll be cat free. Cat free, oh how sweet it is. You never shoot a pet. Sure as **** you'll wing it and it will run back to its master and then your *** is grass. Cheers!!!!
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agree with Poncho, no cover, also cause you don't want to trap/keep solvent gasses contacting the surface

? for the price of a good cover you can rent a "storage unit" for 2? more months

my wife says plant geraniums around the car.....cats are supposed to hate them

simple "gassing" test after 90 days: spray a hidden covered area that's easy to clean off (with lacquer thinner) after spraying with rattle can laquer, if it wrinkles=still gassing

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At the rate of one cat every month or so it woulld take so long to run out of cats I would be too old to drive the car
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Covers

My Son went away on an extended hiking trip.
We parked his nice little VW Jetta (not stock, fun to drive) in the grass next to my garage.
I noticed a little water thru the cover.'
What we later found out was when it would rain the water would NOT go thru the cover, but it WOULD drain under the car.
Then the sun would come out and as the water evaporated it would condense UNDER the cover.
I made it so the engine compartment was a sort of non breathing saunna, and it penitrated everything, fuse box, and all.
Some even got in the interior.
It was weeks before we got all the moisture out of the thing and it has never been right since. I think moister got in the ECM.
A GOOD cover has a soft lining that will help with the scratching issues but I agree about the outgassing of new paint issues, and the condensation issues stink!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 year old thread guys.

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Old post

You are right Vince, it is a four year old post. I alway forget to look at that part.
Usually I am just surfing, trying to learn something, and sometime hoping to contribute if a can.
Now if someone else does a search, or asks a question they will get opinions over a four year period.
My experience is no less valid be it a four year old post or a 4 minute post. It's just part of the record right?
Thanks for paying attention though.
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Car covers for outdoor use are the Pitt's. All it will do is contribute to rusting your car out. The ones that claim to breath let water in, and the ones that are truly water proof will not let moisture escape. It's a catch 22.

Vince
Vince is absolutely right. Putting a "bra" on the front of your car is the same deal, it does more damage than good. Car covers are great used indoors to keep the dust off your car. I am forced to put one of my cars outside this winter. I put up a steel framed "garage in a box" 8' tall by 12' wide by 20' long to put it in that cost less than a good car cover ($180) and it works great.
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