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    Car covers in winter, on or off?

    Hi fellas, just wanted a few opinions on this one, I've got a multi-layered breathable car cover which I put on my 'vette all year round inside my garage. But I've noticed that with the damper air, it gets a bit damp feeling. The atmospheric dampness can't be good sitting on my 'vette's paint, am I better off leaving the cover off in the winter?

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    Good quality outseide cover like Wolf or Californian car covers and it's fine on. Mine (wolf) is on 24/7 and it's perfect under there. Put a cheap ****ty plastic one on and you will do more hard than nothing. if your going to get a cover get the best one you can.
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    A mate of ours bought a top quality cover for his elcamino,
    Think it was a california car cover? as he intended to leave it covered outside sometimes for several weeks at a time,
    within a few years all the top areas where the cover would be touching,
    Ie: roof, bonnet, tops of wing & quarters had all suffered serious micro blistering,
    for the record the car and cover were always totally dry before fitting,

    I know a few guys that paint cars as their day job and never see any of there cars covered for any long period of time as they all say it's better to let the paint breathe and simply clean the car when needed.
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    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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    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.

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    Covers = microblisters usually.
    If it's inside a garage then there's not really any point in a cover, best let it breath.

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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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