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Old 04-21-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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Car Cover

I have looked around C5 for information on car covers and since this is the only part of the C5 forum that deals with the car body,I have a question.I currently have a GM car cover and have noticed that after a wash,wax and buff my car has no scratches or imperfections.But after I install and remove the car cover I have scratches in places I did not have before.

I do my best to not let the cover slide on the car when installing or removing but that is near impossible after a wash and wax.The paint is super slick.

My car is not a daily driver and I am looking for information on a car cover that will not scratch my paint.The car is garaged but my garage door traps water after a rain and when opened it will deposit water on to the rear of the car.

I have done an internet search and have not found any manufacturer that states their cover will not scratch the paint.

What I am looking for is an indoor cover that is water repellent and will not scratch my paint.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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I don't think there's car cover that won't scratch your paint. As someone once said, ANYTHING that touches your car has the potential to scratch the paint.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:37 PM   #3
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Do you have a car cover?
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
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Junkman has a video on how to put on a cover. Personally haven't watched it as my cover sucks. Cheap eBay model that now resides in a box getting ready for the trash.

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Old 04-22-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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Do you have a car cover?
Yep. Have the one that I got with the car. I've used it twice and now it sits in the garage.
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Yep. Have the one that I got with the car. I've used it twice and now it sits in the garage.
Pretty much the same here.

Figured it is easier to wash a dusty car than to deal with scratches from the cover.
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I hear you on that one I have ditched my cover and will deal with the dust later.I have had the car for 3 weeks and it took 2 weekends to get the swirls and scratches out.
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I agree with you guys. I bought a cover craft Noah when my car lived outside but it was only if hail was possible, and when I went out of town for more than a week.

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Old 04-23-2013, 01:36 AM   #9
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I agree with you guys. I bought a cover craft Noah when my car lived outside but it was only if hail was possible, and when I went out of town for more than a week.

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I am in transition to a new place with a garage, but currently park outside. I recently purchased the Covercraft Noah. Its a very heavy duty cover and protects well, but the "soft" interior is not quite as soft as I would have hoped. Have you had any scratching issues when you did use it?
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I am in transition to a new place with a garage, but currently park outside. I recently purchased the Covercraft Noah. Its a very heavy duty cover and protects well, but the "soft" interior is not quite as soft as I would have hoped. Have you had any scratching issues when you did use it?
Yes. Any cover is going to scratch. That's why you only put it on when the consequences of not using it are worse than a few scratches.

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Old 04-24-2013, 08:19 PM   #11
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You would think that some manufacturer would have a decent car cover.I have only had my 13 for a few weeks and it took me 2 weekends to get the paint just right.2 weekends VS 5 min. of installing a car cover to ruin it all I will have to deal with the dust.
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Haven't got one because i hear there isn't one good enough to not scratch the paint.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:39 PM   #13
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California Car Cover Dustop model(indoor use).
Use their duster on the car before covering.
Have used these on my muscle cars for decades without a problem.
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You would think that some manufacturer would have a decent car cover.I have only had my 13 for a few weeks and it took me 2 weekends to get the paint just right.2 weekends VS 5 min. of installing a car cover to ruin it all I will have to deal with the dust.
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Haven't got one because i hear there isn't one good enough to not scratch the paint.
There are several companies that make extremely good covers. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with the fact that if you touch paint with ANYTHING (even unicorn hair) you can scratch.

Let me try to explain the problem. You are not applying the cover in a vacuum. Dust and dirt will get between the cover and the car. Dust will settle on the paint the second you finish drying it. Dust will embed itself into the fibers of the cover as soon as you take it out of the package. All of that comes into play anytime you apply or remove a cover. I don't care how you do it. It even comes into play as the wind slightly moves the cover over the paint during storage.

You can minimize the risk by only applying a cover to a freshly cleaned car, and by rolling it out from the center as opposed to dragging it over the paint. Also by making sure you have a quality sealant or wax on the car. You also want to do everything possible to keep the cover clean. Don't set it on the ground, etc.

I hope that clarified a little. I'm not the best at explaining things sometimes.
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It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with the fact that if you touch paint with ANYTHING (even unicorn hair) you can scratch.
Well I guess I'm cancelling my order for the Unicorn Hair Cover then...and my hopes were so high for that one!

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Well I guess I'm cancelling my order for the Unicorn Hair Cover then...and my hopes were so high for that one!

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Like CD7 said, ANY cover will scratch te paint.
Even if the inside is stuffed with soft plushy fur. It simply causes to much friction between the paint and material.

The only time its good to use is if its going ti hail/or some sort of mini hurricane.
I used to put my cover on after each wash even when put in the garage.
Not any more, I saw the marring it inflicts on the paint.


You mentioned your car gets wet on the rear end when you open the garage.
Simply put a few MF towel in the area to soak up any water.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:56 PM   #18
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I need to come up with a solution soon its that time of year for the afternoon storms to start rolling through here in S.Florida.
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My car spends more time uncovered then covered because I will not put it on unless the car is clean. I have the Stormproof cover.

I have been covering it more lately as I have been slowly doing the adams detail on it. However it seems that I've done everyone elses car first and get maybe an hour or two on mine before it gets dark.

It isn't a daily driver so my new routine is pull cover, use car, quick detail entire car, cover, repeat as necessary. The areas that are done do not seem to have any new scratches. My cover is also machine washable and I did that the day the detail supplies arrived.

My disclaimer is that it has only been two weeks, and I am far more concerned about the car becoming pink than fine scratches.

I should add that I had a Mustang turn pink on me so a little paranoid maybe.
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