Car cover or don't cover

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Car cover or don't cover

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Morning all, I'm new to this site having just picked up my 2.0 Laser last week (last had a Capri in 1989) & haven't finished building the garage for her yet. Currently she's under a waterproof cover, but I've read that these can do more harm than good & it's better to leave the car uncovered, so air can circulate around? Any thoughts & advice would be really welcome. Thanks.
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This is a great question as I have seen cars have white spots after just a day under the cover from old to new . If the paintwork is new the paint could be water based so do not use a cover . But saying that when I park in my drive and leave my Capri out over night I use a car cover . But Red cars in general seem to be a no no to use a outside cover .
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Post by Andrew 2.8i »

I'm happy to use a car cover when I have to leave my car outdoors.
Always make sure that the car and cover are completely dry before using the cover.
I have heard second-hand reports of white spots appearing on the paintwork, but I haven't experienced such myself. I think it's most likely to happen if water is trapped against the paint for prolonged periods of time. If you're worried, you can use some kind of spacer, between the car and the cover to allow air to circulate. Failing that, remove the cover on a dry day instead to allow the car to air.
:goodluck: with whatever you decide to do.

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Thanks Andrew, the cover I brought is fleece lined so should give a barrier. Hopefully get a few days of good weather & crack on with building the garage.
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Hi,
Many people would rather give the car a good polish/ceramic coating and leave it out in the elements.

In the past I have used Stormforce outdoor covers on a few cars and only one car I had issues. On my black Capri I would get white areas (looked like clouds) in the paint especially along the swage lines and they would only come out with polish.

As said, only cover a car that is dry and make sure the cover is fully dry too, and make sure the cover doesn't move too much in winds etc as that may cause light scratches, but if yours is lined it may be ok.

You will never beat a garage but short term especially if you remove the cover often to let air get to the car hopefully you are ok.

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Thanks guys for all the advice, that's a great help. Jasonmarie, she's in lovely black & had a bare metal respray in 2012. currently in the local garage having a full service, timing belt change, brake fluid change & a general 'health check' as she's barely done a 1000 miles in the last three years. Will post some pics when I get her back. Can't wait to get out in her, roll on the good weather.
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I wouldn't cover it to be honest, they can be damaging, especially if the car has no lacquer. Do a search on here for my car cover thread, you will see what problems they may cause, which echoes what Andy has said above. I know of two or three Capri's in my area which are left outside uncovered. Well done for getting a Laser, super cars!
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I used to have a stormforce cover which I never had any issues with at all, but now I use both as a daily Ive left them both outside for the last 2 years without any issues at all either
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Depends on the length of time...but condensation traps are a thing, by putting a car under a close fitting cover you are creating a more humid environment. Ideally covers should only be used while its raining or snowing and taken off afterward.
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I will need an outdoor cover for my car soon, and was wondering the same as OP.

I took some advice from a neighbour of mine who has an old Maserati Quattroporte. He's had it for over 15 year and it lives on his front drive under a Hamilton Classic breathable fleece lined cover.
He has a regime of uncovering it for a breather after any significant periods of rain, but day to day it is always covered.
The car looks spot on with no paint marks despite being under the cover for all those years.
I think the key is to make sure its a breathable cover, and has a good lining.

Hope that helps.
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Just have a look at the car cover thread, link below, that was with a Hamilton breathe-able fleece cover, expensive too.
I think a lot depends on the paint type and lacquer, any cover can be a try it and see gamble.

http://www.fordcapriforum.com/forum/vie ... hp?t=44152
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Ah. Now I genuinely don't know what to do.
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I agree with Paul alot of it depends on quality of repaint and laquers etc, basically if you buy a cover you take your chance :?

I think on red, black and darker colours you will always notice issues that you might not see on white and silver etc.

I don't cover mine in the garage with sheets anymore, as I noticed they do feel quite damp at this time of year, so better to let the air get to it and dust it off when I use it :cool:
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It is a game of Russian roulette with the covers outside , mine has got a fleece inside and I never use if wet but it has rained at night once and it was dry inside that morning of the show .
But the fun starts when somebody knocks on your door asking if the car under the cover is for sale ?
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Jason wrote,
But the fun starts when somebody knocks on your door asking if the car under the cover is for sale ?
That's the time to note the vehicle details of the passing punter. 8-)
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Other option (if you have room) is one of those folding garage/tent thingummies?
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I always store my Capri outside without a cover. If raining, I chuck a couple of silica gel packs under it to keep the moisture at bay.
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Thank you all for the wonderful advice & thoughts. All very much appreciated.
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Be sure to post back with what you decided to do, and whether the results were good, or bad!
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I will do pbar, she's currently safe & sound inside my local garage having a full service, cam belt change, brake fluid change etc, having only done less than a 1000 miles in the last four years. Hopefully get her back tomorrow.
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