BLOCK-IT* Protective Fabrics are constructed of durable one- or three-layer fabric. They help shield a vehicle’s interior from harmful UV rays as well as help shield the exterior from hazards such as nicks and bird droppings.
General Protection Fabrics: BLOCK-IT* 200
BLOCK-IT* Fabric 200 is lightweight and durable. It combines strength, breathability and water-resistant protection in a midpriced car cover. The fabric is designed to help defend against moisture, yet it doesn’t trap condensation.
General Protection Fabrics: BLOCK-IT* 380
BLOCK-IT* Fabric 380 is a general protection film fabric with a superior balance of water resistance, breathability and softness.
Specialty Performance BLOCK-IT* Protective Fabrics use a four-layer construction to provide protection from specific hazards.
Specialty Performance Fabrics: NOAH*
Our Most Water-Resistant Car Cover Fabric
NOAH* Fabric is our most water-resistant car cover fabric. Its middle layer of microporous film provides a barrier that stops water, yet aids the evaporation of trapped condensation by allowing heat and moisture vapor to escape.
Specialty Performance Fabrics: EVOLUTION*
Our Most Durable Indoor/Outdoor Protection
EVOLUTION* Fabric is our most durable indoor/outdoor protection. Its four layers of protection provide a strong, flexible, drapable car cover with an excellent barrier and breathability – plus it’s the BLOCK-IT* fabric that provides the most protection from UV rays that can damage your car’s finish.
Specialty Performance Fabrics: DUSTOP*
Our Soft as Flannel Indoor Protection
DUSTOP* Fabric provides twice the dust protection of woven flannels while providing comparably soft protection of a car’s finish. It is thicker for better protection against scratches and dings and lighter than flannel car covers so it’s easier to use.
A car’s paint must provide years of beauty in an environment containing harmful substances like acids, alkalis, ozone and other destructive elements. That’s a big job for such a thin defense. Using a car cover can protect your car’s finish and its interior as well. It can assist in keeping harmful UV rays from degrading and cracking plastic and leather interior surfaces.
Snow & Ice
Winter is hard on a car. If the weather doesn’t get to it, the things we do to deal with the weather will. There are two corrosive culprits associated with ice and snow - moisture and salt.
Anytime your car is subjected to very moist conditions, the process of corrosion begins. Moisture seeps into tiny cracks and dings and begins to work against your paint from the inside out. It separates the paint from the metal and causes the metal to oxidize. Salt accelerates the corrosive process by slowing down drying times and causing a chemical reaction with the metal body of your car.
Rain & Acid Rain
Moisture seeps into tiny cracks and dings and begins to work against your paint from the inside out. It separates the paint from the metal and causes the metal to oxidize.
But that’s nothing compared to acid rain. Acid rain is caused by sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides that are released into the environment as industrial pollutants. The bad news is that once they are in the atmosphere, they’re converted chemically into secondary pollutants, sulfuric acid and nitric acid. In some places, acid rain can rival vinegar or lemon juice acidity!
Sun & Heat
Ultraviolet rays and radiant energy have a pronounced effect on automobile finishes. Paint colors cannot only fade, but are likely to fade unevenly over time.
In addition, UV rays can cause the clearcoat over the paint to cloud, crack, dry out and/or deteriorate. Trapped heat can dry out and deteriorate vinyl, leather, plastic and rubber. It bakes and breaks down foam padding and adhesives; it cooks audio components, tapes and disks.
And it gets a little worse every year. As we deplete the ozone layer, more and more of these harmful rays reach Earth - and our cars.
Tree Sap, Insects & Animals
Trees can have a tremendous impact on a car’s exterior. First of all, there’s sap to deal with. Pine sap is particularly dangerous as it contains turpentine. Those little droplets of sap can produce permanent color changes and can etch paint.
Bird droppings are similarly toxic. And if those weren’t enough, acorns, pine cones, and other things that fall out of trees can cause tiny chips in the paint, allowing moisture to creep in and do its dirty work. Got cats in the neighborhood? They love to curl up on the warm hood of a parked car - dirty paws, claws and all.
Dust, Scratches & Dings
Even if you park inside a garage, dust and dings are always an enemy. As dust settles on the surface of your car, it builds up a layer of grit that eventually becomes abravise. Though it may produce only microscopic scratches at first, dust eventually will deteriorate your car’s thin (six to eight thousandths of an inch) paint surface. And once it’s reached the point that you’ve noticed it - it’s too late. On the inside, dust and grit can abrade fibers, causing them to wear through and break. From specs of dust to runaway shopping carts, it’s a cruel world for your car.
Vandalism & Theft
With all the new high-tech, theft-deterent devices out there, it’s easy to forget that a simple car cover can protect your vehicle from thieves and vandals. When a thief goes to work, he knows that with every passing minute, his risk of getting caught increases. As he works to gain entry to the car, he may be seen. And if he has to take the time to remove a car cover, he is at risk even longer. A car cover can also deter theft by keeping both your car and its interior - including stereo, packages and other items - out of sight.
The two main categories are Custom Fit and Universal Fit. Each has its own advantages.
Custom Fit Covers
Custom Fit Covers follow the exact contour of the vehicle. They’re designed based on the exact year, make and model of the vehicle and can accommodate modifications made to the vehicle or aftermarket accessories. The patterns are designed so that the cover protects the vehicle’s sheet metal. Custom Fit Covers are more tailored and will not move around in the wind as much as a Universal Fit Cover.
Universal Fit Covers
Universal Fit Covers are generic in shape and made to accommodate as many different styles of vehicles as possible. However, they are available in various sizes and lengths to cover a wide range of vehicles. These covers do not have mirror pockets, but their designs do allow space for most mirror styles.
Can a cover help prevent my vehicle from being stolen?
Yes - for a very simple reason. A thief wants to get into your vehicle; start it, and drive away as quickly as possible. As soon as a thief starts to make an entry, he is 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 increase the risk of being caught? A cover also helps protect the contents of a vehicle. When radios, packages and other items are out of sight, they’re less likely to tempt a thief.
How can I prevent my car cover from being stolen?
The lock and cable accessory kit that comes with many covers will certainly help. You should also put your name on the front of the cover.
Is there a correct way to install a cover?
In general, 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 is to 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 vehicle's 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 and your car cover is made from a breathable fabric, putting a wet cover on the car is actually the best way to dry the cover. As the temperature warms up, the moisture will evaporate.
Any suggestions on how to keep my vehicle cooler when I use a car cover?
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 cover fabrics offer more heat insulation than others do, simply because they are multi-layered and are more effective at keeping heat away from the vehicle's surface. But any cover will help reduce the vehicle's inside temperature on a hot day.
What are UV (Ultraviolet) inhibitors?
Ultraviolent rays from the sun degrade most fabrics. To slow the degradation process, manufacturers add chemicals during the production of the fabric. You won't be able to see them, smell them or feel them, but if your cover comes from a reputable manufacturer who believes in quality, they are present.
How often should I wash my cover?
There is no one answer to this question since it depends on where you live, where you park your car and how you use the cover. But, in general, 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.
Car covers are washable. Water and Simple Green® All Purpose Cleaner are recommended.
- • Hand clean small areas with a small brush. The cover can be machine washed at a laundromat in a large commercial unit without an agitator.
- • Use 1/4 cup of cleaner.
- • Rinse thoroughly making sure all cleaner is removed. Use an extra rinse cycle if necessary.
- • Air dry only. Do not machine dry. Automatic dryers can damage the fabric at high temperatures.
- • Light dust can simply be hosed off while the cover is on the vehicle.
Simple Green® is a registered trademark of Sunshine Makers Inc.
Will treating my car cover with Scotchgard™ fabric protectant make it more water resistant?
Quality covers are treated with a DWR (durable water repellency) treatment during the manufacturing process. The effectiveness of such a treatment will 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 fabric's water resistance.
What fabrics would you suggest for a person of small stature?
First, lighter is not necessarily better. A thin nylon cover or "plasticized" paper type cover can be very difficult to use in any kind of breeze. A heavy cover is also difficult for a person of small stature to handle. Fabrics that weigh between 4 and 7 ounces per square yard are considered ideal. Bulk is another property that is important to consider. Bulky covers are hard to handle and hard to store.