Can a cover help prevent my vehicle from being stolen?
Yes it certainly can. A thief wants to get into your vehicle, start it, and drive off as quickly as possible. As soon as a thief starts to make an entry, they are exposed. A car cover takes a few minutes to remove, so the thief's exposure time is increased. With so many cars uncovered, why would a thief want to increase the risk of being caught? A cover also helps protect the contents of a vehicle. When radios and other items are out of sight they are less likely to tempt a thief.
How can I prevent my car cover from being stolen?
The lock and cable accessory kit will certainly help. You should also put your name on the front of the cover. The name works better than the license number. The instruction sheet gives details on the correct way to mark the cover.
Is there a correct way to install a cover?
In general, always cover the front and rear bumpers as the last step. If the cover has mirror pockets, place the pockets over the mirrors first. If you have an old car you should cover the roof and windows first, and then the front and rear of the car. On some coupes and roadsters made prior to 1932, you might be unable to install the cover at all if you start with the front or the rear bumper.
What is the best way to fold a cover when taking it off the vehicle?
The easiest way I've found is the way we picture it in our instruction sheets. Simply fold each side up onto the roof and refold it as necessary so the material ends up about 2 feet wide. Then, starting at the front of the vehicle, fold the cover towards the back in increments of about 3 feet. This way you don't drag the cover over the vehicles surface, and it's easy to reverse the process for installation.
Can I put a wet cover on a vehicle?
If your vehicle is clean, it's actually the best way to dry the cover. If it's a Covercraft cover, as the temperature warms up, all the moisture will evaporate, since all of our fabrics are breathable.
Any suggestions on how to keep my vehicle cooler when I use a car cover?
Other than parking in the shade, because most of our better fabrics will protect against bird droppings and tree sap, the best thing to do is to lower your side windows about two inches. Ambient temperature builds inside enclosed spaces, and if you open the windows slightly you'll allow air to circulate, just like it circulates under the cover. Some of our fabrics offer more heat insulation than others, simply because they are multi-layered and are more effective at keeping heat away from the vehicle surface, but any cover will help reduce the vehicle temperature on a hot day.
What are UVR inhibitors?
Most fabrics are degraded by Ultra Violet Rays (UVR) from the sun. To slow down the degradation process, chemicals are added during the production of the fabric. You won't be able to see them, smell them or feel them. The chemicals are expensive so your best bet is to buy a cover from a reputable manufacturer who believes in quality. To reduce cost, one of the first things a mill will usually cut is the percentage of UVR inhibitors being used.
How often should I wash my cover?
There is no magic number since it depends on where you live and how you use the cover. Don't be afraid to wash a car cover! Dirt particles can compromise the effectiveness of the water resistance of the fabric. Be sure to follow the washing instructions for the cover you own.
Will treating my car cover with Scotchguard® make it more water resistant?
In almost every instance, a good car cover fabric has been treated with some sort of DWR (durable water repellency) treatment during it's manufacturing process. The effectiveness of such a treatment will also depend on the construction of the fabric. If you can hold the fabric up to light and see small open areas between the yarns, no treatment will increase the fabrics water resistance. Adding additional treatments will not help and aren't worth the cost.
What makes WeatherShield®HP the ultimate in high-performance vehicle cover fabrics?
The patented EPIC by Nextec® world-wide patented encapsulation finish process produces a fabric that is highly water resistant, dust-proof and still breathable. Originally developed for outdoor performance wear (parkas, pants, etc.) the process uses heat and pressure to place high-performance polymer formulas inside the fabric. They wrap themselves around each individual thread and fill the voids between the weave to form an impenetrable barrier against the elements. Take a sample piece of WeatherShield®HP and place it under a faucet. The fabric sheds water immediately, making it look like beads of mercury flowing off a surface!
What other elements will WeatherShield®HP protect my vehicle against?
It's a classic battle - you against the elements! WeatherShield®HP puts you on the winning side by protected both the interior and exterior of a vehicle against damage from sun (UV, pollutants, bird droppings, tree sap, salt air, acid rain and dust/dirt. Normal rain isn’t the enemy of a vehicles finish, the bulk of the damage occurs from things settling on the vehicles surface and then being baked into the paint finish by hot sun. Additionally, UV rays damage the pigments in paint and the dash and seats of the vehicles interior.
How is WeatherShield®HP different from other car cover fabrics?
Because it's a single layer weave, the fabric is compact for easier storage, and the fabric finish assures the material will only retain a fraction of its weight (up to 2%) in moisture, compared to popular multi-layer nonwoven materials which can absorb up to 40% of their weight during a rain storm. Either fabric type can be stored wet, but WeatherShield HP takes just a quick shake before storage to remove any surface moisture.
Is WeatherShield®HP fabric strong?
Covercraft® selected polyester as the base fabric because it's very strong and naturally resistant to moisture and UV. The tight weave of the fabric results in a material that has high tensile strength in both the warp and weave (width and length) of the material.
Is WeatherShield®HP fabric UV resistant?
The base fabric is solution-dyed meaning the color is mixed into the polyamide BEFORE it's extruded into fibers and spun into yarn to weave into fabric - the color goes all the way through the material, it's NOT a surface-dye! This helps the cover retain it's originally color through years of service. In addition to polyester’s natural UV resistance, UV inhibitors are added to the immersion finish process. WeatherShield covers carry a 4-year limited warranty against the cover becoming unserviceable during normal use. Covercraft® will repair or replace the cover after factory inspection.
How protective is WeatherShield®HP for today’s water-based paints and clear-coat finishes?
Because patented encapsulation process uses formulas that make the fabric is slick and smooth on the underside to glide over any paint finish. We always recommend using a cover on a clean car for best results. Use of a "duster" prior to covering a car will add to the length of time between washing.
How easy is care and maintenance of a WeatherShield®HP cover?
Because the fabric is so compact, most car-sized covers can be cleaned in a HOME washer and dryer. Using just a 1/4 cup of Simple Green® concentrated biodegradable cleaner the cover can be washed in cold or warm water. Covers should always be run through at least two rinse cycles to remove all the cleaner residue. The cover can then be dried in most dryers using the "Permanent Press" settings. The warmth of the dryer actually rejuvenates finish and we recommend covers be dried an extra 30 minutes, with mild heat, after the regular dry time (see instruction sheet. Most times, when a cover is "wets-out", it is because of contamination and dirt on the surface of the fabric that allows moisture to migrate through the material. When washing, it is critically important to rinse the cover thoroughly - any cleaner residue will also allow moisture to pass through the cover.