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Old 12-11-12, 04:27 AM   #1
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Default Car cover for winter. Will this work?

Ok, so I only have a 1 car garage and it is being used. I'm not daily driving my car anymore and would like a nice car cover for the New York winters here. Not sure which one to buy but I got a great deal thats kind of in the works for an oem Lexus one from a fellow CL member; the problem is, these covers aren't snow/ice repellant. My question is, why can't I just use a thin plastic painters tarp underneath this Lexus cover? I would think the Lexus cover will keep a lot of the stuff out and when it thaws from snow/ice, instead of seeping through to car's paint it will hit the plastic painters tarp and all will be well. What do you think?

This is a big PITA to find a good all weather cover, some say they are yet reviews say they all suck. please lmk guys. Thx

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Old 12-11-12, 04:33 AM   #2
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Wouldn't it be better to put the Lexus car cover on first then put the tarp over that & secure it?
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Wouldn't it be better to put the Lexus car cover on first then put the tarp over that & secure it?
That's what I was thinking too. The tarp could rub and damage your paint if you put it on under the Lexus car cover.
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Ya I think the tarp over the Lexus cover is better too, use the nice lexus car cover to protect the paint and the tarp to keep snow off of the cover... If that makes sense. If it was the other way around I think the tarp could scratch the paint (especially if it has the metal eyelets) and the cover would be like a wet blanket over the top.
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i dont think between the car's paint/tarp it will have breathing room,u want the underside to be breathable so to say or else you are going to ruin that paint underneath their. Rock look over this list

http://www.empirecovers.com/lexus/gs...-undefined.htm

and in Ny from what i remember when i had family friends there, i think if the car is on the street the tag still needs to be viewable so make sure it has a tag area built in the cover
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Tarp on car under a car cover will create mold. Yuk! Maybe a blanket then car cover?
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Tarp on car under a car cover will create mold. Yuk! Maybe a blanket then car cover?
glen, wouldnt the blanket also cause mold from the moisture it would absorb?
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Hate to be that guy, but you might be better off not putting a cover on it at all. Sometimes covers end up causing more problems then they are worth. You might be better off to wash it give it a real good wax and be done with it.
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glen, wouldnt the blanket also cause mold from the moisture it would absorb?
Haha true. I just remembered back in the day I covered my cutlass supreme with a tarp and car over and I uncovered Mold that was from rain though lol I've never lived through snow lol
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i think if the car is on the street the tag still needs to be viewable so make sure it has a tag area built in the coverClick the image to open in full size.
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i dont think between the car's paint/tarp it will have breathing room,u want the underside to be breathable so to say or else you are going to ruin that paint underneath their. Rock look over this list

http://www.empirecovers.com/lexus/gs...-undefined.htm

and in Ny from what i remember when i had family friends there, i think if the car is on the street the tag still needs to be viewable so make sure it has a tag area built in the cover
Thanks Brian! My car will be on my driveway so I won't need the license plate window. I am looking into The Grey Max and the Titan 4L cover from your website above. I like the idea that they give 7-10 years of warranty so it can't be crap. Thanks again!
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Pay to put it in storage.
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Pay to put it in storage.
Definitely a great idea.
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Not at that point yet. Still need to do paint work, install my SC kit and other items...trying to do all in the Spring. So, next winter will be more of a concern to me. I'm just trying to not make the paint any worse sitting outside in the winter for this year. Once I make it like show quality I will think of storage options later down the road.
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Hate to be that guy, but you might be better off not putting a cover on it at all. Sometimes covers end up causing more problems then they are worth. You might be better off to wash it give it a real good wax and be done with it.
I agree with this guy. I personally don't use a car cover in the winter. My car stays in the driveway and just give it a good detail before winter kicks in. Usually I don't brush snow off the car I just let it melt on it's own since I don't really drive the car in the winter anyways. If I do brush it off I use my hands with a soft glove or wash mitt. Car covers are too much trouble and sometimes end up messing up your paint anyway.

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If your paint is nice and smooth the snow or ice if it's frozen will sometimes slide right off by itself.
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