Protecting Your Classic Car with A Car Cover

A cover to protect your classic car is often overlooked by many collectors.  Not all car covers are the same, and your environment will determine what cover you need.  Having the wrong car cover in a particular environment can actually do some damage to your classic car.

The most important thing you need to know about car covers are what types you should use in what environments.  Just because your car is safely stored in a garage or other enclosed area, Mother Nature's elements can still wreak havoc on your car.  Moisture, dirt, and dust are all enemies of any award winning paint job, especially if it gets trapped under a non breathable cover.  Car covers should be designed to "breathe", allowing any moisture that is under the cover to evaporate.  Many cheap universal auto covers found at local retail stores do not breathe properly, and it's suggested to do some research and buy a proper cover from an online retailer or your local specialty car shop.  You can likely get a cheap car cover that does breathe properly for the same price online as that universal car cover that may not even fit your car properly.

If your car will be stored in a safe environment like a garage, you can get by with buying a cheaper car cover which will likely be thin, unless you want to protect it from dings and dents. If you will be working in your garage with tools near your stored car, a triple layered material may be a good idea.  If your car will be stored outside in the elements, you will need to determine what elements you will need to protect your car from.  The better designed and higher end car covers can protect your car with multiple elements, but if your main issue is only one of moisture or sun, you may need to look into a very specific option.

Classic car covers designed for high moisture areas may be treated with a moisture proof barrier, and some are just triple layered for optimum protection and breathing ability.  Even the best cover will absorb some moisture in severe cases, so it will need to be designed to allow moisture to evaporate.  You want a tight fitting cocoon that is breathable.  Acid rain can also be a hazard to classic cars, which can eat away and dull any paint job.  Acid rain can be a bigger issue in larger industrial communities.

The hot summer sun of some areas can wreak havoc on any car, especially older cars which have older rubber, leather, and other parts which can quickly break down and decompose.  For the most severe sun areas you can find classic car covers that b lock over 99% of the actual UV rays.  DuPont Tyvec is a treatment that many collector car owners use in intense sun areas.

Remember to wash your car before putting the cover on.  Dragging dirt and grime over your car, even the smallest particles, can do a number on your beautiful paint job.  It could be comparable to scraping your car with a very light sandpaper in the worst case scenarios.  Even if you are storing an old car out back by the woods, a small investment now may mean a bigger return later.   Rust and other corrosion can be kept to a minimum, keeping more value in your car and preventing the possibility of losing it all together.  I knew someone who had a late 1960’s fastback Ford Mustang frame sitting in a driveway for years protected only by an ill fitting tarp.  Eventually the body just disintegrated.

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