Some tips from the experts. You don't need to buy a new car cover every year if you take a few precautions...
- Don't cover when wet - Never, under any circumstances install a car cover while the vehicle is wet or damp in any way. This is a recipe for disaster, as mildew and rot will destroy the cover, and potentially cause issues for your paint. Always fully dry your vehicle before covering.
- Don't cover when dirty - Water stuck between your cover and your vehicle can be very bad. But so can anything, including dust and dirt. Even slight winds can jostle the cover enough to move around dust and debris, potentially causing a sanding effect. Also, in high heats, you can see fusing occur, causing paint bubbling or worse.
- Store Properly - When not in use, allow your cover to dry and breath fully for at least a few hours before folding into storage. And when in storage, avoid extreme temperatures and humidity.
- Read the description and instructions - It's important to know what your cover can or cannot handle. Some covers are not built for extreme solar protection for instance, so will whither much quicker in the Arizona sun than in a Minnesota winter.
- Nothing is permanent - Not even the toughest of covers. But more to the point, no one should ever leave a cover on longer than 2 months without removing it, dusting and cleaning your vehicle while allowing the cover to breathe.
- Breathability - Not just a marketing term. Understanding the breathability of your cover in important, since lesser breathable fabrics cannot stay on the vehicle for as long without potential fusion or damage occurring.