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Old 12-24-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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Proper use of car cover in rain and snow?

I have the outside porsche car cover. I park outside, so what's the proper use during rain and snow/ice?

I had it on during rain, and it gets all wet and leaves wet marks on the paint. Is that ok or bad for the paint?

Is the cover more for regular days?

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Old 12-24-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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If you have the silver outside cover, water should not be striking through it. You may still get moisture wicking up from below if it is not pulled tight under the car.

If yours is striking through, it needs to be replaced as trapped and fozen water will ruin the finish long term.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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It's almost brand new - now I'm not sure if it's the outdoor or indoor cover. Here is a picture of it, what does it look like? How can i tell?
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:50 AM   #4
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Anyone have any idea? I think its the proper outdoor one, as it came with locks, but I'm not sure.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:53 AM   #5
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This looks like the one I have which is indoor.
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:43 PM   #6
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I park my Boxster outside, under a Noah fabric cover. To answer the initial question, I can't think of a situation where cover off is better than cover on.
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It's almost brand new - now I'm not sure if it's the outdoor or indoor cover. Here is a picture of it, what does it look like? How can i tell?
That does not look like the bright silver, almost aluminum foil looking outdoor cover:


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Old 12-25-2012, 08:20 PM   #8
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I looked up the tag info, pna50598601.

Apparently it's a "triguard" cover.

Seems like a lighter cover, so there is heavier one for bad weather right?
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:49 PM   #9
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Yeah, that's the one I have. It's more for inside. Not meant for rain...
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:58 PM   #10
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I thought so - should I get the Porsche OEM outdoor cover? I think the part number is 987 044 000 02.

Or is that one not considered too good and should I go with a third party option like the NOAH cover?
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:23 AM   #11
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I park mine outside using a California Car Cover. Even after a heavy downpour, I have never had any water go through the cover.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:51 AM   #12
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The OEM fits perfectly and works great.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:02 AM   #13
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Been using car covers for over 30 years. I don't use a cover to keep the water off, but rather the tree sap, bird crap, the rays of the sun, etc...
Want a cover that BREATHS! So if moister does get under, and rain does go through the light weight covers, but so what? it evaporates shortly after the rain stops.
The lightweight covers that breath are far less likely to grind that nearly invisible almost always present coat of dust or pollen into your finish.
They are far easier to handle, and you can toss one into your washing machine and dryer now and then, keep 'em nice and clean.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:38 PM   #14
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So the cover I have is the triguard, apparently a lighter outside cover and not the heavy duty Porsche one.

Having said that, tomorrow we are getting 2-4 inches of snow. Should I put that cover on, or is it better off? Definitely will get moisture through it, but I wonder if its better on or off.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:59 PM   #15
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That cover is tough. Leave it on.
All the ice and snow will come right off with the cover. Then shake off any that's
left on the cover and you are ready to go. No need to do any scraping!
Been through that dozens of times.

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Old 12-28-2012, 11:15 PM   #17
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+1 on the oem.
Good fit, works well. I actually liked my old oem silverguard better than my recent oem silverguard replacement, b/c the original had less lining fleece to trap dirt, breathed better, was quicker to dry, and easier to pack up.
But the new and "improved" oem silverguard II version seems more durable, sheds water better, fits almost as well, and most importantly is readily available for purchase.
I leave it on regardless of weather, but ONLY after I have recently washed the car. Otherwise the car can fend for itself against the elements, with a little help from sunscreens or a truncated "California car top".
By the way, I think the original oem silverguard cover died at the hands of some curious feline, who apparently leaped onto the cover after I had stupidly put it on overnight with the top down, leaving plenty of slack. The cat apparently engaged its positraction drive to extricate itself from the slack top over the cockpit, thus fatally lacerating my cover. Moral: don't leave the cover on with the top down more than briefly.

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