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Q. Are your outdoor covers waterproof?
a fully waterproof cover would never allow moisture trapped underneath
to escape - potentially highly damaging to a vehicles finish
and condition, particularly with today's water based paints.
Our covers are fully breathable and
highly water resistant. Breathability is the ability for condensation
and moisture to evaporate and pass through the fabric. No cover
is truly waterproof. A so-called 'fully waterproof' cover will
trap condensation underneath. Condensation forms on all covered
vehicles due to the thermal barrier created by the cover.
In order to prevent moisture lingering
and to prevent mildewing of both the cover and the vehicle a
breathable fabric is designed to allow trapped moisture to evaporate
and the cover to dry.
The fabrics we use are highly water resistant – between
92-96%. In damp atmospherics, high humidity or if a cover is
placed on a very cold vehicle condensation will form.
We receive calls from time to time.
The cover has been lifted to find moisture underneath the cover.
The assumption is that the moisture has passed through the cover.
In 98% of cases this will not be true. The moisture has condensed
on the bodywork due to atmospheric conditions. When temperatures
fluctuate suddenly or during prolonged wet spells it will happen.
It will happen in an unheated cold, damp garage which is why
our indoor covers are treated to resist damp absorption.
We monitored a Stormproof cover over
a two week period during which there was a huge amount of rain.
The water was beading on the outer surface of the cover and definitely
not passing through the fabric. The atmosphere was cold and very
heavy. Moisture was condensing under the cover. During dry spells
the moisture passed through the cover within hours leaving the
car perfectly dry.
During recent winters frost and snow
have given way to frequent extremely heavy and prolonged rainstorms,
though the last two indicate we may be returning to snow & ice. Summer rainstorms
are now 'tropical' in nature with a couple of inches falling
in a few hours. In such conditions it is inevitable that some
moisture will pass through the cover. It will evaporate out but
it will take time. In extended rainstorms even the best fabrics
will absorb varying amounts of moisture.
Q. Can I use a cover in windy
in common, with almost all vehicle cover suppliers (although
most will not mention it up front) do not recommend the use of
a cover in windy conditions. A cover allowed to flap against
the same part of bodywork for any time could lead to scuff damage.
The perception can be because a good
quality fully tailored cover has been purchased it will withstand
any high wind and storm conditions. Recent summer and winter
storms have demonstrated a ferocity that has not been seen for
a very long time. Swirling, twisting gale force winds rip mature
trees from the ground, motorways and major bridges are closed
because 44 tonne trucks are being blown over, roads are closed
to cars fitted with a Roofbox and someone will call saying their
car cover has come off. If domestic washing were left out overnight
in the same conditions, it would guarantee that not a stitch
would be left on the line. It would be miles away.
A cover used in such conditions is
entirely at your own risk. Any warranty covers manufacturing
faults not storm damage.
Q. What is the difference
between a fully tailored and semi-tailored/generic covers?
think of it like a made-to-measure or an off the peg suit.
A fully tailored
cover requires someone very experienced to measure the
vehicle accurately and to produce a full pattern. That pattern
is much more complex and has to be stored for potential future
orders. The current library is 55,000 different patterns. Add
a spoiler and a new pattern has to be created. When the cover
is cut out, it is a one-off exercise. The whole exercise is very
labour intensive but the end result is similarly satisfying to
a very good quality made-to-measure suit.
/ generic cover is made to fit a series of similar shaped
vehicles. An example is the Toyota Celica and the Hyundai Coupe.
The outline is very close allowing one cover to fit both. Detail
differences would prevent a fully tailored cover fitting both.
The generic nature of these covers means that a large batch of
covers can be laid on the cutting table and produced at the same
time. The labour cost per cover is spread.
Q. Will the covers cause damage
to the bodywork?
customers remember the totally waterproof nylon car covers of
the 1980's. They sold at about £14.99 and were likely to
cause more damage than they could prevent. The bodywork was often
damaged by the fixing straps. If used for more than a few hours
it was advised that a cotton sheet was placed on the vehicle to
absorb the condensation that was trapped underneath. The sheet
also helped protect the paintwork from being scuffed by the harsh
nylon material. When used for a few days, the cotton absorbed
so much condensation, the desire to keep the vehicle dry was truly
defeated. Given a very windy night, many of the covers turned
The covers we supply are 90 - 96%
waterproof but more importantly, breathable. This allows condensation
to escape. All the outdoor covers will protect against the most
harmful air borne industrial pollutants, natural pollutants like
bird droppings and tree sap, snow, ice, rain, and are resistant
to ultraviolet light which damages paintwork (particularly reds)
so much. The covers come with elasticated hems and fixing straps
to ensure a snug fit and to minimise movement. The fully tailored
range come with a cable and lock. Extra elasticated straps or
even a transit net are available to fit over the cover if continually
exposed to very windy conditions or if the vehicle is being trailored.
The indoor covers are specifically
made for protecting the vehicle in an enclosed environment and
will protect the vehicle from dust, scratches and knocks.
Q. Are your covers a good fit?
main reason for this question is the perception that all car covers
come in small, medium or large. Enter a Car Accessory store and
that is your choice.
It goes without saying that a fully
tailored cover will fit like a made to measure suit.
The semi-tailored / generic ranges
are made up of series of cover designs to fit a similar range
of vehicles. A Peugeot 406, Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat
have a very similar profile. The same cover fits all three. Covers
are made for similar ranges of vehicles and fit very well indeed.
You won't be left with a great overhang to try and tuck up somewhere
or trying to stretch the cover like a drum skin to get it over
Q. Will your cover fit a convertible
or open topped car?
there are many patterns in the fully tailored range. Many convertibles
have a similar profile to their tin topped brethren when the roof
is up so in the majority of cases the tin top semi-tailored/generic
cover fits the convertible.
It is important that the roof is
up when the cover if fitted to prevent the cover forming into
a bowl and collecting rainwater. The same is true of the open
top. The cover will need to be supported in some way for the
Q. Do all your fully tailored
cover patterns include mirror pockets?
Mirrors did not become a factory fitted item until the early
1980's. Any mirrors (door or wing) on cars prior to 1980 were
usually an added accessory. The positioning was random, decided
by the owner or mechanic fitting them. This makes it impossible
to fit mirror pockets as standard.
As a rule, the patterns for vehicles
with factory fitted Door Mirrors will include the pockets as
standard. Most patterns for vehicles prior to 1980 do not.
Accessory mirrors of the '60's & '70's
were much smaller than today's Door Mirrors. In the majority
of cases, the cover will have enough 'give' to pass
around an accessory door mirror without the need for added pockets
The patterns do not make provision
for additional Wing Mirrors. Additional self-fit mirror pockets
can be arranged if the mirrors are not easily removable.
Q. Can I get into the car when
the cover is on?
Alpine and Dakar ranges have a door zip to allow entry. The zip
has a protective flap inside to protect the vehicle.