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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on covering car(or not) while new garage is built

Looking for some suggestions, input on covering (or not) my car up while building a new garage. We recently demoed our existing garage to build a new one. While itís being built Iíve been covering it with a Covercraft Weathersheild HP. The main issue Iím dealing with is it leaves some small light scratches on the panels and a few rub marks on the sharp edges. I tie it down to keep it from moving around as much as possible in the wind and make sure the car is clean before putting it on.

Iíve heard of others using two covers. One softer cover and one like the Weathersheild HP, not sure if thatís a good idea. Has anyone had good luck with a cover outside for an extended time? The car will be outside all summer. The sun up here at 9000 ft and the granite dust can be brutal. Looked into a storage garage short term, but the closest available is about 75 min away.

Starting to think I should just detail, seal it up good and leave it uncovered. I know there are others out there dealing with no garage or shelter. So whatís everyone doing? Whatís your experience with covers? Use them, hate them or just leave it outside uncovered for the summer. Any advice or your experience is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Advice on covering car(or not) while new garage is built

I'd drive the 75 min & put it in storage. Without a doubt.


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Tough call with the storage unit so far away. If you put it there, you'd most likely never drive it. As for covers, I have previously used one when I left a Mustang at the airport when out of town on trips. I had rubbing issues at first, but I eventually got the cover secured enough that the rubbing stopped. I ended up bunching up a bit of the cover in the front and back and tying a short rope loop to the cover. I then used a small bungee to hook the front and back of the cover under the car. The middle also had a strap to go under the car. After being secure in the front, back and middle, the rubbing stopped - even in the open space, windy airport.

Using a soft, indoor cover under a weather resistant outdoor cover that is properly secured would most likely be the route I'd take if I had to leave my Shelby out in your situation.

Another possible solution is to have a carport erected at your house. I had a 2-car carport put up a handful of years ago and it didn't cost too much. It keeps the sun/rain off cars and is way cheaper than building an enclosed garage.
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Just a thought, it should last long enough to get your garage built.

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When you build the garage, make you finish it inside and out before moving anything inside. The one thing I regret on my garage build is not painting or tiling the floor before I move all the crap in, that was 7 years ago and the floor is still bare concrete, at least the part that is visible and not covered by all the crap.
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Looking for some suggestions, input on covering (or not) my car up while building a new garage. We recently demoed our existing garage to build a new one. While itís being built Iíve been covering it with a Covercraft Weathersheild HP. The main issue Iím dealing with is it leaves some small light scratches on the panels and a few rub marks on the sharp edges. I tie it down to keep it from moving around as much as possible in the wind and make sure the car is clean before putting it on.

Iíve heard of others using two covers. One softer cover and one like the Weathersheild HP, not sure if thatís a good idea. Has anyone had good luck with a cover outside for an extended time? The car will be outside all summer. The sun up here at 9000 ft and the granite dust can be brutal. Looked into a storage garage short term, but the closest available is about 75 min away.

Starting to think I should just detail, seal it up good and leave it uncovered. I know there are others out there dealing with no garage or shelter. So whatís everyone doing? Whatís your experience with covers? Use them, hate them or just leave it outside uncovered for the summer. Any advice or your experience is greatly appreciated.

Tom.
Not really advice, but if it makes you feel any better I don't even have a garage so my baby sits outside all of the time. The only time I put a cover on is before a major snow/ice storm so it is easier to clean off the next morning before work (and less scraping required)
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Re: Advice on covering car(or not) while new garage is built

Between the wind and the car needing to be clean before you cover it, it does make the most sense to store it, with black, I would not want to take the cover off go for a cruise and cover it again without cleaning it, plus the construction dust...

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Re: Advice on covering car(or not) while new garage is built

Snoopy's recommended temporary cover is the same thing that came to my mind as I was reading about your situation. Then the portable cover is also useful for sun covering tables for a larger gatherings (you leave the side panels off), and it can also be useful on camping trips, car shows, and other events. Then an outside car cover isn't needed, and you'd be more inclined to drive the car since you aren't removing/installing a car cover each time.



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Tom, if you decide to go with a temp carport like snoopy posted, make darn sure the thing is anchored firmly to the ground. You wouldn't want a storm to send it sailing. It would most likely cause damage to your car.
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Re: Advice on covering car(or not) while new garage is built

I like all options combined. Get the portable garage.... it can be used for other projects afterwards or cookouts etc. and cover the car with 2 covers for more protection, soft and then water-proof.

You will save the cost involved with storage and be able to keep an eye on Her !
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I'd drive the 75 min & put it in storage. Without a doubt.
You can second me on this one. This wouldn't have been a debate for me, it would already be in storage.

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