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craft2fit and other covers

Why use a car cover? Dust! Poop! Dings! Acid Rain! Hail! UV rays! Theft deterence!!!!
Notice dust is listed first. Unless you wash your car often dust is the enemy of your finish. It'll scratch your clear coat like 3000 grit sand paper over time. Wet and dry....

I've been using car covers for decades and this is the golden age of car covers. Used to be you had flannel, plastic, or burlap. For indoors you'd throw a bed sheet over the car to protect the finish then a thick densely woven burlap to keep out dust. There are still vehicles using this method to this day. Great to keep the finish protected and keep away that awful dust on vehicles stored long term. One guy I know puts wax on the car and leaves the excess. Then he adds beds sheets and an old wool army blanket.

Used to be for outdoors you had plastic or flannel and figured on 2-3 covers a year for stored cars. These days things have certainly changed. Modern day polypropylenes are amazing. Even gore tex type materials are available.

This is a car cover review thread.
If you're a broke @$$ college student with ebay parts, this is a great place for you to stop reading.

After trying several store bought covers I have come to the conclusion that even the el-cheapo $35 type are better than nothing at keeping bird poop off your paint. They also aid in blocking out the sun rays that fade the seats etc and insurance companies like State Farm say they are one of the top theft deterents. If the smash n grab guy don't see it, he don't want it.

But which cover is best? Well that is subjective.
If you need a cover to keep bird poop and dust off the car for a few days at a time while it's under the car port, then you can go one way. If you park on the street and leave it weeks at a time a more sturdy cover will do. If you live in Oklahoma or places with big time hail, park under a tree or park on a busy street with lots of pedestrians the heavy duty type gets it done. Indoor use is another matter. There you either go baby-butt soft flannel, or a nice soft dust proof museum type...or something in between depending on how long of periods between removal of said cover.

Most of us would use an outdoor cover. I've used several kind over the last 3 years on various cars.

Pretty good outdoor use on a budget:

^^ a very good value at about $70


^^ 5g SH
I have found for general use of keeping the car dust free, protected from fade, and fairly dry with quick dry after the rain the tan Autocraft easy fit gets it done. It's a 3 layer type that is gentle on your paint, keeps out dust and gives decent protection against hail, dings from overhead twigs, repels water during brief rain storms and dries quickly after those prolonged rain events.
Being a universal type, fitament is a crap shoot. But the elastic around it's base keeps it snug to corners. Size S is too short for the 5g prelude, but great for the 3g. Size M is too dam big imo. If you have a nice, slippery finish and park on the street, you'll chase this one down the street on windy days without using what are called gust guards...clips on each corner with cord between them.
I used one of these babies on a broken 3g car with a spoiler parked near a tree for a year. It was left on for several weeks at a time with zero dust, no twig dings and put it on a broken 5g car for several months. It got softer with time, but elastic was worn out after nearly 2 years. It's still useable. Comes with a storage bag. Easy to roll up and stuff in the bag that ends up about the size of a case of canned beverages. Wash it on the car inside out to get rid of dust trapped in the middle layer.


^^ pretty much the same cover as the tan one.
Pep Boys sells this one for about $70. Has mirror pockets and also comes with a bag. Nice cover for the money. Size B fits a 3g prelude well and kept this one dust free for about 100 days before I swapped it for a tan one.


^^ the tan one size S fits a 3g car nearly ideal

Now for the carport dweller:

^^ at about $50 this one is pretty good


^^ same 5g SH
Now this Bondtech mid grade from Pep Boys is a wonderful cover for the car port dweller that gets used a couple times a month. It's a 2 layer type with a gentle inner layer. Flannel soft? Nah, but certainly not abrasive. I have one on a 3g shell to block uv rays and keep away bird poop etc. The last one lasted about 2 years before it got brittle and began to rip. It also adds minor scratch protection for when kids with bikes, or a lawnmower pass nearby. Now this one is not a dust blocker by any means. So it should come off every few days or so and shaken or washed depending on local conditions. Removing it and rolling it up every so often will remove most dust as long as it stays dry. If it gets wet you should wash it inside out and let dry. Packs small in the supplied bag about the size of a case of 12oz cans. Again fitament is a crap shoot. Size B is a bit too short. Size C too long.


^^ size B on a 3g with spoiler.


Tyvek: Want water proof?

^^ at $90 this one is pricey vs durability.


^^ fit looks ok.
Tyvek aint cheap. But if you want a submarine skin over your car with an inner layer that feels like it's been waxed, this one is a beast. Reviews say it's not great at standing up to uv rays. That 3-6 months parked in the sun will cause it to become brittle and begin to tear. It is the thinnest car cover I've ever used. Feels like wax lined paper. After a thunderstorm my paint was dry. The cover had ponds. The air was thick with humidity, but there was no condensation between the cover and the car. Amazing. It water proofs yet breaths just like gore tex....but again, durability is a factor. Don't know about dust protection yet. The elastic band surrounding the cover gets it done and holds it fast, even in windy conditions. But it's so tight you almost need one person to hold one end on the car while you pull on the other. I put mine on backwards and found it fits better. Rolls up into the supplied bag to about the size of a 12 pack of 12oz cans.

^^ the inside feels nice n slippery.


Ok now we've seen the store bought type. Now for the good stuff:
Two are from personal use, the rest are reccomended by the pros who say Cover King are too big and California Car Cover types are too expensive for what you get vs the Cover Craft, which are less expensive for same materials, made in Oklahoma and used by the Peterson Museum.
I stumbled onto the Cover Craft brand here at PZ in the for sale section. With over 80,000 patterns available they're sure to have one for your car. Yet they have spec sheets in case you own a custom vehicle, Gravedigger or an F1 car....


^^ the popular Cover Craft lineup.
They have others at Cover Craft.com but they fall into the category most here don't want to enter $ wise. These are the ones the pro's reccomend.
The Noah is the ultimate outdoor rain guard. The Evolution is great for Oklahoma hail. The Blok-It-380 is a great all around cover. Blok-It 200 is great for protecting a shell or for car port use.
Dust-stop? Best indoor cover since the baloon type.
Made in Oklahoma USA. They say allow 3-4 weeks for them to make it, but mine shipped in a few days. Awesome!


^^ wish Ida seen this before...about a $20 savings.


^^ nuff said?


^^ basement of the Peterson Museum.
My boss bought a 74 280z from these folks. They wanted an extra $500 for the cover. lol


My 5 year old Evolution 3 cover. They call it 4 now.

^^ droopy like grannys jammys due to elastic woes.
This is one sure enough bad @$$ car cover. New is about $250. But for that money you get what feels like a thin down comforter for your car. It's made for long term outdoor storage with maximum protection from hail, dings, uv rays and just about anything mother nature throws at a car parked outdoors. I used the already 2 year old cover for about a year non stop. But when a pollen season passed and I did not wash the cover it started becoming water logged and leaves dust on my car. Total time outdoors is about 4 years so far. When waterlogged it dries in about an hour still on the car and a simple wipedown with a car brush gets the dust gone. They say wash it 3-4 times a year. I did not. Bad move. It'll get used when real bad weather is forecast, along with some gust guards.


The Blok-It 380 just arrived. Feels like one of them moisture wicking polo shirts on the outside and like flannel on the inside.
Ya gotta love modern day plastic. I bought the 380 not to replace the Evolution, but as an Evolution life extender. But I'm glad I did. I considered another Evolution, or a Noah, but opted for the 380 this time. I won't leave it on the car for months at a time like I did with the Evolution. That was when I had 3 car projects going at the same time. I only have one these days and plan on staying in one at a time mode.


^^ custom made for my car.


^^ these guys make 'em to fit very well.
One of my friends remarked that it looks like a factory cover.
It's nice n lightweight, stores about the size of those store bought covers vs the giant pile the Evolution folds into. A recent rain event with high winds didn't flinch the cover. Water repelled like it was waxed. Heavy dew was everywhere later. Yet underneath was bone dry. Can't speak for dust control just yet as it's only been on the car about a week. But so far so good. For about $200 delivered I'm estatic so far.
Bags are extra with the Cover Craft covers. $24 for the thin cover bag. $30 for the larger, thick cover bag. They are like duffel bags. But I'll be using a tool bag I already have.


I mentioned gust guards a couple of times.


^^ these came with the 380 for $13.
Slider clips are good for general use of holding the ends of a droopy cover nice n snug to the car.

For extreme conditions:

^^ about $10 delivered at amazon.
Cord or bungee cords.


^^ lifted a chair with no slippage
These screw type clips will fasten to a hem to hold the cover on in extreme winds.

There ya have it. With lots of choices in fabrics, thicknesses and prices there is bound to be a cover that works for you. With practice one can put it on or take it off in a minute or two. About once a season you turn it inside out and wash it on the car with simple green or your favorite laundry soap.
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Re: craft2fit and other covers

wow this is great. definitely book marked for later. if my prelude ever gets new paint.

i would like to add i recently ordered the summit racing universal car cover last week, for my 1964 volvo 122 which still has original paint. the listing said it that it was universal and that it would fit my car. i knew it wasn't going to be custom, i figured it was going to be over sized and droopy to guarantee a fit for many cars. that was not that case as the cover came up short, i have to have one of the bumpers halfway uncovered. other than that it is fine to temporarily cover from dust and leaves, it also came with a bag of the same material as the cover and a lock and cable. all in all i dnt think its a bad deal for 50$, my car is only going to be out of the garage for only a few weeks so i can work on my prelude on a flat, shaded surface. i would not recommend this cover at all since it clearly does not fit the car the website said it would fit. i was also hoping that it was truly universal so i could maybe use it on my prelude or civic but i doubt it will fit as they are both longer cars.

i wish you had posted this last week when i was shopping for covers. i ran across alot of these brands in my searches but just wasnt sure. awesome that you reviewed so many brands!
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'64 volvo? Cool!!!

A wee bit of customization furthers the factory look.




^^ cover fits so well, bat wing door handles show.


^^ after a few weeks and several rain events...
No dust what-so-ever, and finish is all brute-a-ful.

Very loose 30 second rolled up

^^ doesn't take up a lot of space.
If you spend a couple of minutes folding, and pressing as you roll it'll take half that space.
I removed it knowing it was going back on in a couple of hours.
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I remember my first thread, asking what a noise was when I got going 110mph.
Pretty much got flamed for driving like a jackass and was told to slow down. And I'll be damned, slowing down fixed it.

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Re: craft2fit and other covers

Thanks for the review. I have the noah car cover. The material is water resistant and breathable. I suggest to clean your Prelude first before using any cover you have to avoid scratches.
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The Blok It 380 started coming apart after a high wind thunderstorm. Dratz!!!
So I sent it back.

(Edit; It was not a durability issue. It was a neighbors cat using it as a scratching post and the thin spots caused it to tear in the high wind event.

How do I know?
Well today I discovered about 50 claw size tears in my Evolution.
I need to somehow make it right with Cover Craft.

Blok-It 380 is a fine outdoor cover unless there are cats nearby. The claw tears cause it to rip in wind events)

Packed in the original box easily.



^^ tore in a high wind event.

So I emailed cover craft asking if they'd repair it...figuring on getting some generic statement telling me why they wouldn't.
Instead I got a return authorization number.
I called them to ask if they had others having the same issue. I was told the Blok-It 380 is an indoor/outdoor cover not meant for full sunlight day after day. But at about 75 days of use it should not be tearing already (edit: it would not normally tear without the help of a cat). They invited me to return it for another. I enquired if it was possible for them to make me an Evolution. They replied if I pay the difference between the Blok-It and the Evolution...about $50... I figured they'd say "yeah we'll make you one at full cost."

Boxed it up and shipped it my cost. About $12.
A few days later I got an email saying the cover had UV damage and they'd either send me a new one or make me an Evolution for $35 shipped. (Edit: I need to at least appologize to Cover Craft)
I picked the Evolution for it's better UV and ding protections vs the Noah. (Edit: And it's extra thickness makes it so cat scratches don't cause it to easily tear)

The Noah and the Evolution are outdoor covers made with UV resistant cloth for long term storage in full sun. Now I really dig the Blok-It but don't wanna send it back every 75 days or so for the next 3 years. (Edit: if not for a stupid cat I wouldn't have to)

Bottom line...Cover Craft stands behind their products. Even though I had ordered one not as durable as it needs to be they hooked me up with a better one basically after applying the purchase price of the old one to my new one. (Edit: it's plenty durable as long as cats don't f@#k it up)

If you want a cover, these are a bit pricey. But worth it. Yet you oughta call 'em to tell them your situation so you don't end up with a cover that gives you issues. (Edit: or will hold up to cat scratches)
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I remember my first thread, asking what a noise was when I got going 110mph.
Pretty much got flamed for driving like a jackass and was told to slow down. And I'll be damned, slowing down fixed it.

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Re: craft2fit and other covers

Why use gust guards with your car cover?


^^ it stays on, that's why.
Chasing a lightweight car cover in a thunderstorm aint on this guys bucket list.



The new Cover Craft arrived today. Yippee!!!!
Upon pulling off that Tyvek cover the car was absolutely spotless.


^^ after a few weeks, no dust what-so-ever.


^^ the new evolution is a tad looser than the blok it.
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After a month or so on the car, the Evolution kept it spotless. We were in a mini drought, so there was lots of dust, pollen and mold spores. None got through.
A 2 day rain event just passed so I removed it to see how water proof it was as I had left a window half way rolled down. Not a drop was inside the car. Cover sheds water nicely.

Found about 50 little cat claw sized tears in a corner of it.

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