How do I install my new car cover?
In general, you should always put the mirror pockets on first, and cover the front and rear bumpers last. If you have an older car, or a cover without mirror pockets, you should cover the roof and windows first, and then the front and rear of the car. The following video provides exact installation instructions:
How do I install my Covercraft Seat Savers?
Please watch this video to learn how to install your Covercraft Seat Savers:
How do I clean my car cover?
The generic cleaning instructions noted below are intended for use with all car covers, but you should refer to the instruction sheet enclosed with the car cover for any fabric specific care instructions. Car cover fabric performance can be severely affected by dirt that builds up on and within the material. It can cause the windshield and paint to become dirty and “fogged” as well as create “wicking” where it actually helps pull water through the fabric, nullifying any water resistant properties the fabric may have had. Cleaning your cover will help to keep your vehicle clean and to increase the service life of the cover.
NEVER...Clean a car cover in a washer with a center agitator (except WeatherShield fabric covers)
NEVER...Use fabric softener
NEVER...Dry a non-woven or specialty type cover in a dryer (WeatherShield & Form-Fit can be dried in a dryer with regular heat; polycotton and flannel can be dried on low heat.)
1. Using a large commercial washer without agitator, wash the cover using 1/4 cup of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner (some WeatherShield covers are compact enough to be washed in a normal size washer). Put the cover in the washer and pour the cleaner in the tub after it’s filled with warm water or pour it directly in the machine (some wall mounted commercial units), then put in the cover and start the machine .
2. Rinse the cover twice (2X) to remove all the cleaner.
3. Air dry (unless it’s one of the covers noted above that can be dried in a dryer with regular or low heat).
A cover may also be cleaned by turning it inside-out on the vehicle.
1. Mix one ounce Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner per quart of warm water.
2. Spray or sponge onto cover.
3. Rinse with plain water (until no suds) and allow to air dry.
What is the best way to fold a cover when taking it off the vehicle?
The easiest way to fold your car cover is the way we picture it in our instruction sheets that come with your car cover. 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?
Yes! Since all of our custom-fit fabrics are breathable, there is no fear of moisture or vapors being trapped under the cover fabric and therefore, a wet car, or wet car cover, will not harm your vehicle in any way. In fact, this is actually the best way to dry your car cover if it is wet. As the weather drys out, the moisture on your vehicle will evaporate right through the cover. Always make sure you are using your car cover on a clean vehicle. Please note that in very cold weather, it is possible that a wet cover could freeze to your car. Please take precautions as your cover could tear or rip when taking it off if it is frozen. This damage is not covered by the cover's warranty.
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. Our top recommendations for protecting my UV are the Sunbrella, Evolution, Reflectect, and Autobody Armor.
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 your cover.
Will treating my car cover with Scotchguard make it more water resistant?
In almost every instance, a quality Coverking or Covercraft car cover fabric has been treated with some sort of DWR (durable water repellency) treatment during it's manufacturing process. Because every car cover fabric is different, some fabrics are better suited for water repellency then others. The Weathershield HP, HD, and Noah car covers are among the top choices for water resistance. If your cover is wearing out, (i.e. 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. Adding additional treatments will not help and aren't worth the cost. Instead, purchase a quality cover from the beginning. If your cover is prematurely wearing out, call our warranty department to discuss your options.
What about my hot exhaust pipes?
We do not recommend putting covers over hot exhaust pipes. Please allow the exhaust pipes to cool down completely before installing your cover. If the exhaust has not sufficiently cooled, you may damage the cover and/or create a fire hazard. Car Cover World is not responsible for this kind of damage and this will not be covered under your manufacturer's warrantly.
Can I use use my cover in a windy area?
Like any fabric, a car cover is also susceptible to the wind. Heavier covers are better suited for windy areas and are more likely to stay on the car better. In some environments, additional tie downs, like the gust gaurd are recommended. Storm and wind damage is not covered by warranty service. Damaged covers can usually be repaired by Covercraft for a nominal fee.
Can I use my cover on a towed vehicle?
No. We do not recommend using a cover on a towed vehicle or a vehicle on an open trailer. In addition to the flapping of the cover on the vehicle's paint finish, road dirt and debris may become trapped between the cover and the finish, causing damage to your paint.
How do I accommodate my antenna with my car cover?
Each cover order includes a two-piece, non-scratch, plastic grommet for your convenience. For customers who do not want to remove (or can't remove) their antenna, the grommet will solve the problem of accommodating your antenna. Here's how you install the two-piece antenna grommet on your cover:
1. Remove your antenna, if possible.
2. Cover the vehicle with your cover.
3. Mark the cover (with chalk or something that washes off) at the antenna location.
4. Snap the two-piece grommet onto your cover from each side at the location you marked.
5. Use a knife to make a cut in the fabric inside the grommet.
6. Install antenna.
The plastic grommet will hold the fabric tight and keep the hole from enlarging or ripping. When installing your cover after the grommet is installed, start by placing your antenna inside the grommet, then fold the sides over the mirror pockets, followed by securing the front and rear of the cover to your vehicle. To remove your cover, just reverse the process.