Priorities

 

The storage conditions are the first thing to be considered when choosing a product to protect your car while stored, because they determine what kind of protection it needs.

When stored >>>

your car wants

protection from:

dust

scratches

rain/precipitation

sun (UV-rays)

bird & tree droppings

animals

condensation

OUTDOORS

 

 

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

CARPORT

 

 

yes

yes

limited *

limited *

limited *

yes

yes

INDOORS

unheated/

unventilated

 

yes

yes

no

no **

no

no **

yes

INDOORS

heated/

ventilated

 

yes

yes

no

no **

no

no **

no

* depending on type and position of carport

** depending on circumstances:

  • windows, glass roof etc. will let UV-rays through

  • mice & co. only need a
    small hole

As you may have noticed, condensation is a risk in nearly all storage circumstances. Condensation can do a lot of damage to your car, not only to the bodywork but also to the interior and to all moving parts. In our North-West European climate condensation will occur not only outdoors but also indoors - unless the room has some form of climate control (heating, ventilation).

And here is the bad news:

A car cover can NOT protect your car from condensation.

Condensation happens when moist air comes into contact with a surface that is cooler than the air. When the air is warm it holds water in the form of vapour;  this condenses back into liquid water when it cools. This is why a bottle from the fridge becomes wet when we take it out. 

The point at which this happens depends on the combination of two factors: the amount of relative humidity in the air, and the temperature difference between the air and the surface. The higher the humidity, and the higher the temperature difference, the more moist will convert into droplets which will settle on the surface. Condensation can happen at any time of year when temperatures drop or rise quickly.

So, unless the cover can balance out the temperature differences or remove the humidity from the air, there is no way a cover can ever protect your car from condensation.

Apart from a garage renovation, only a storage system can protect your car from condensation.

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Evaporation is the opposite of condensation: when the temperature rises sufficiently and the level of relative humidity allows, they will convert back to vapour in the air.

In all of these conditions a storage system offers the best protection.

In a storage system your car is enclosed in its own environment which not only keeps it safe from dust and scratches, but can also help to avoid condensation. 

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