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Keep my car in a garage with no cover on, let it breath is best.
A dehumidifier helps if your garage is prone to damp..
If stored in garage get a dehumidifier with auto sensor so it kicks in when it needs to and then set up a outlet for the water to drain outside,ive used one of these for years in my garage and what a differance it makes and keeps the car very nice and no damp smelletc ,as i got caught out with covering my car in my garage and had real bad paint issues due to the moisture in the air
I use one of the Halfords ones (cost about £80 for a full-size one) on mine. It works very well, and breathes quite well too, but I take it off every week at least. I let it dry out (both the car and the cover) then put it back on. Never had any problems like that, not noticed any ill effects to my paint either.
my 73 mach1 lives outside under a cover covercraft one with a another breathable one i got from kent (car solutions i think) i figure i would rather live with minor paint problems than wet dank in side as you all know they could have filmed Titanic inside a 73 /[email protected] cheers mickmatt
I've seen blankets used to cover cars stored indoors which have ended up microblistering it all over . That was on 50 odd year old genny paint.
Used a breathable cover on the POS and it added a nice layer of patina all over , for a good paintjob I'd leave it uncovered inside or out , just personal experience.
My Capri lives outside under a cover all year, as the webasto sunroof & frameless windows leak. I've only used £30 cheapies off ebay & only got a small amount of microblistering on the bonnet.
Guys a car cover will only bring out microblistering if you have moisture trapped in your paint job (invariably because their was water in the lines from the compressor) 'water traps' catch some water they dont eliminate it by any means, you must have a 'dryer' after the compressor to iliminate all the moisture, if you do you will never have microblisters to worry about, Bry
Covers = microblisters usually.
If it's inside a garage then there's not really any point in a cover, best let it breath.
Yeah I've had problems. The cover is now 3 years old and probably doesn't repel water anything like it used to. I get condensation under the cover. If it rains heavy then the dirt/dust comes out the cover and the car will need a wash. I wash the cover twice a year, which helps a bit. I've also put some water repellent stuff on it which works for a while.
The cover is a ******* in the winter. So when it's frosty it glues to the paint. If I want to drive it, getting the cover off is hard.
When it snows, I have to keep taking the snow off the car each day, which means my hands and my ******** get cold.
My micro blistering was on the boot. The snow triggered it, but the painter who resprayed the boot said it just accelerated what would have come along anyway.
Johnny my laddo uses a Californian multi layer cover on his TBird which is parked outside. The breathable bit seems to mean that if it rains it gets wet inside - if windy crap gets under the cover - you'll have real problems if the moisture underneath freezes - he has experienced micro blistering issues - I have a Wolf breathable cover which is only used on the Vette inside the garage - I've never had an issue with it getting damp (but garage is adjoining the house so is always above outside temperature.
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