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Hi,

I'm selling my Brera and already have its replacement but whilst the Brera is sat unsold I want to cover it to protect it from the elements a little.

I intend to have it fully valeted then cover it up so it's nice for potential viewers and also protects the paint whilst I'm not using it.

Main problem I have at home is trees and bushes next to my parking spaces that have birds living in them and they crap a lot :( also the car park is very dusty and cars tendto end up witha layer of dust on them pretty quickly.

I don't want to spend a fortune but I also don't want to have to keep cleaning two cars.

Cheers

Sean
 

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Have never liked them !!

A neighbour had one on his vw and when he took it off the car was coverd in scratches from where the cover had rubbed

Not sure if that was down to poor design or poor fitting by him
 
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Keep it open to the air and keep washing it.

You'll never get the cover on without some dust trapped below and as noted above the cover will rub somewhere although a coat of LRP will usually cover it pretty well.

Cheap covers (like the blue things from Halfords) aren't waterproof and you don't really want a home made G3 working away under the cover. Even worse if the body is GRP but that's not a problem here.
 

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I have tried a couple of cheap £20 covers for various reasons on cars. They are all a waste of £20. Scratching aside the first or second time you put them on the car they usually tear.
 

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I've used one for about 5 years now, after my old TR had a full respray but still has to sit out in all weathers and liable to tree-sap and bird-poo deposits, and scratches from less than careful passers-by. Got a custom-made cover from here : Car Covers, Caravan Covers & Motorbike Covers from Specialised Covers - wasn't cheap (about £200 back then) but it still looks as good as new, as does the car, :thumbs:.

So long as you don't put it on to a dirty car, there's no problem with surface scratching - you can even put it on when the car is wet as it breathes and allows the bodywork to dry out through the cover.

On one of the Lotus forums that I frequent, they rate this one quite highly believe it or not, :rolleyes: :lol: : Halfords | Halfords Advanced All Seasons Car Cover Large
 

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I would say don't bother, a friend was in the same position, new car arrived, old car was going to be around a while before being sold. He covered it and in a short space of time (even though tied down well) the wind had caused it to move and it wore the paint on the edges of the car. Give it a good wax and leave it be.
 
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