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This is a discussion on Outdoor Car Cover within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; I'll be parking my car for basically the academic year, and I would like to protect it. I don't have ...

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    Outdoor Car Cover

    I'll be parking my car for basically the academic year, and I would like to protect it. I don't have a garage; it will be in a driveway. I hear I can't skimp on the cover because a cheap one will scratch my paint. I'd like a cover custom fitted for f-bodies. I'm looking for advice, and I'm on a budget, since I am in college. Nothing fancy, just something to get the job done without hurting my baby. In a brief search I saw:

    A "Wolf" or something like that cover for ~$115
    A Covercraft for ~$170
    An SLP cover for ~$185

    Any take on those or other suggestions? Keep in mind I live in NJ, so the cover will see rain, sleet, hail, snow, ice, 90*+ summers, etc. I can make it over to the car every few weeks to air out the cover if need be.

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    SLP will be safe for my paint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaMan View Post
    SLP will be safe for my paint?

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    The SLP one isn't water proof. I have one and know this for a fact. There are covers out there that are water proof and won't swirl your paint, but they are pricey, all the way up to $400. What kind of budget are you on for a cover?
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    A very low budget. SLP is the max I could go, and I might not be able to swing that. $100 - $150 would be great, but I don't think I can get a good cover for that. Is not being waterproof that bad if I can air out the cover every 2 or 3 weeks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaMan View Post
    A very low budget. SLP is the max I could go, and I might not be able to swing that. $100 - $150 would be great, but I don't think I can get a good cover for that. Is not being waterproof that bad if I can air out the cover every 2 or 3 weeks?
    I used to wash mine in the washer and airing it out isn't a bad idea either. The thing about it not being water proof is, if it really pours down the rain, its useless. It does protect from debris and dust and light rain, but heavy rains and its pointless. I will give you a tip for extra hail protection. Look into purchasing a thick foam pad or some old pillows you might have would work too. The SLP cover comes with a cable and lock and when I used to have potential hail, I would cover the hood and deck area with pillows and then put the car cover over it and lock it down. It seems retarded, but saved me a time or two.

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    So what if I get a non-waterproof one, and when it rains hard, I go and air it out within the next few days?

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    well I will tell you the wife purchased me a Wolf "fitted" car cover and that da#$ thing blows off all the time......it does a great job when it's on the car....lol....I've tried bungie cords and it seems to be keeping it in place......

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    Quote Originally Posted by cailey37 View Post
    well I will tell you the wife purchased me a Wolf "fitted" car cover and that da#$ thing blows off all the time......it does a great job when it's on the car....lol....I've tried bungie cords and it seems to be keeping it in place......
    Really? That's interesting. The Wolf one is like $70 cheaper, which I would love.

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    Hold on a second.....the wife just told me she purchased a "Noah Custom Fit" cover.......not sure of the price on the things.....but like I said......it will keep the water out when it stays on the car........

    I put bungi cords on it and it's doing pretty good.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaMan View Post
    So what if I get a non-waterproof one, and when it rains hard, I go and air it out within the next few days?
    I guess I am not explaining myself well. The cover will always be fine despite not being water proofed. The bigger issue, is the car is going to be soaked. It doesn't protect the car from the rain is my point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    I guess I am not explaining myself well. The cover will always be fine despite not being water proofed. The bigger issue, is the car is going to be soaked. It doesn't protect the car from the rain is my point.
    OOooo, haha. Got it. I think I'm ok with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaMan View Post
    OOooo, haha. Got it. I think I'm ok with that.

    Ok, then I would say the SLP one would fit your needs.

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    I have been thinking about getting a cover as well but now that I read this I wont be buying one unless its waterproof. To me $300-400 bucks is well worth it cause a new paint job costs thousands. If your car cover isnt waterproof its gonna trap moisture in and possibly discolor your paint finish. I say this because I have seen bras for cars get moisture underneath them and totally fk up the paint when taken off. I would think you are better off with no car cover than having one that traps in moisture. Take a wet towel and lay it on your car for a couple of days in the sun and you will see what I mean (dont really do this)Just my 2 cents

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    That's a very significant possibility. I just wouldn't be able to really wash it or wax it during the winter.

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    ws6 store has one for a lil cheaper then posted above for $161.00.
    plus it comes with a lock soo nobody can steel it
    if that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhiteZ28 View Post
    ws6 store has one for a lil cheaper then posted above for $161.00.
    plus it comes with a lock soo nobody can steel it
    if that helps
    Everything helps, lol. Thanks.

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    well megaman

    i think i found you one,and its from one of our spnsners. damm i should be getting some commision somtiems but, forget about it.

    custom fit

    plust water resaestant i think

    http://www.afterthoughtsauto.com/noahcusfitca.html

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