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Old 12-02-2011, 04:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Car Cover "Rub Marks"

I have one of the more expensive custom CoverCraft covers for my Solstice. Located just outside of Phila, PA, I generally keep the car covered a week or two at a time in between uses. It can get quite windy here and despite the cover being tied as tight as possible and the car being parked between my large SUV and large Van, the cover still blows around quite a but.

Ultimately, this leaves rub marks on the finish - primarilary at the top of where the side of the body turnes into the edge of the hood/trunk.

They can be compounded out but I'd like to prevent them from occurring. Anyone else have this issue and if so, what do you do to prevent it? I've thought about laying a non abrasive cloth over those areas before putting on the cover however I don't want the moisture to be retained under there by the cloth and cause other types of markings/damage.

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Car covers work best only when the car is just washed so that no dust is on the surface.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Car covers work best only when the car is just washed so that no dust is on the surface.
Even in some places that is just not enough. I can wash my car and within a minute have more dust on it (No garage ). Heck, I even have times where I know there is no dust and when I uncover it there is dust. I do believe it is blown in from under the cover. As hard as that is to believe, I think it's the only possibility.

I however haven't noticed any rub marks as of yet (been covered for the majority of the past year). I'm interested to see any preventive measures though so I can put them into place

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Old 12-02-2011, 06:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Get some clear bra material and cover the areas where the cover rubs? You can get rolls of it by the foot from eBay. Just an idea.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I spent at least 20 years without a garage. And believe me, I tried out a lot of different car covers. You can find some with under-liners that supposed to help cut down on finish abrasion. But all of them will have this issue, to varying degrees. I absolutely hate car covers, as a result of my research.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Unfortunately for me, it's that or wash it daily to keep the water spots away I'm actually considering either converting my old office back into a garage (under A/C) or buying the house next door which has sat empty since I bought my house 5 years ago (they are slowly renovating it, but don't rent it. It doesn't even have a kitchen so should go cheap). It has a 1 car garage.

Do you have alternative suggestions instead of a garage or car cover?
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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How about the frame and canvas portable garages?
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thought about that. Just not sure I want to do that to my neighbors....LOL. They aren't the most attractive things. No deed restrictions to prevent me from doing it though. I know I am thinking of buying one for detailing the car and such in the summer.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I spent at least 20 years without a garage. And believe me, I tried out a lot of different car covers. You can find some with under-liners that supposed to help cut down on finish abrasion. But all of them will have this issue, to varying degrees. I absolutely hate car covers, as a result of my research.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts, and GS, thanks. I was thinking that this might be the case.

Well unfortunately, I am not allowed to build a garage on my property, per the local community government so I'll continue as I am for now however, I'll be looking for some land to build a few garages on to house my vehicles. What the heck, I'll build myself a "working garage" also - always thought about one, seems like this is the perfect opportunity.
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I keep my R/L in a shed and cover it w/two queen size sheets. No marks never.
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Seems like I have read about car capsules on this forum before but can't seem to locate.
Has anyone had experience with car capsules? And recommend any particular brand over another ? Appreciate any input. Thanks
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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California car cover has about the best car covers around. but very expensive
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My cousin stored his vet in this bubble but I thought his car always looked dusty, but then again, look where we live. It's always windy and dry and dusty..all the time.
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Unfortunately for me, it's that or wash it daily to keep the water spots away I'm actually considering either converting my old office back into a garage (under A/C) or buying the house next door which has sat empty since I bought my house 5 years ago (they are slowly renovating it, but don't rent it. It doesn't even have a kitchen so should go cheap). It has a 1 car garage.

Do you have alternative suggestions instead of a garage or car cover?
Why not just rent the garage next door?
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