There are many different things working against you when you’re trying to keep your ride looking new. The sun, rain, snow, and even other drivers lending door dings are all trying to break down your spotless ride. Keeping your car locked away in a temperature controlled garage that nobody has access to in order to protect your car safe is one solution, but using a car cover is the second best option. After putting lots of work into our 2010 Camaro, we want to make sure the car stayed looking like new.
We decided to check out Covercraft car covers to see what they have to offer. Hopping on their site, we noticed they have more than just car covers. Covercraft has a full selection of car protection from seat covers, hood bras, windshield sun screens, floor mats, dash mats, and cargo liners to name a few. They also offer covers for motorcycles, ATV’s, and personal watercraft.
The Road To Re-Covery
We caught up with Jeff Jegelewicz at Covercraft who told us more about covers and about the history of Covercraft. “Covercraft was started in 1965 by Bob Lichtmann. He had a two man operation in Southern California where he built covers for street rods and european vehicles. This blossomed into a product that enthusiasts saw a need for. We are now approaching our 50th year in business and car covers are still the main business,” explained Jegelewicz.
Starting with the vehicle look-up feature, we typed in 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and saw a list of products pop up. We clicked on the Covercraft Custom Fit Car Covers to see what options there were for fitted covers. This brought up a total of fourteen different materials and styles that the cover can be made out of. With our heads spinning with options, we asked Jegelewicz to explain all the options.
“We have fourteen different fabrics which are divided into indoor and outdoor,” explained Jegelewicz. The type of cover and fabric really depends on your location and the demands you’re asking out of the cover, as it’s not a one-size-fits-all product. Jegelewicz continued, “Choosing outdoor fabrics depends on what kind of conditions the vehicle will see. If the car is in southern California or Arizona and they are primarily worried about high intense UV, there is fabric more suited for that like the Sunbrella and Evolution fabric. Wet weather areas we suggest the Weather Sheild or Ultra’tect, because they bead off water and are breathable. With any cover, make sure it breathes so it doesn’t trap heat or moisture.”
Car covers have to breath, or they will trap moisture. This means that you would be expediting the rust process and ruining the car rather than saving it. Since our 2010 Camaro resides in dry Southern California and rests inside an insulated garage, we only needed an indoor cover. “The reason why somebody would cover a car indoors is protection from dust. If you have a weekend vehicle or a show car and want to keep it clean, you would cover it when it’s indoors,” said Jegelewicz.
We expressed interest in the Form-Fit cover, which tightly fits a vehicle. “The Form-Fit is a stretch-type fabric. It’s similar to a spandex-type of fabric with sheer cotton fleece on the inside that makes it really soft,” continued Jegelewicz. The cover shows off the lines of the vehicle, so you can see what kind of car is under the cover. “The cover is very breathable so you don’t have to worry about trapping moisture and the fabric itself is super soft, so an owner doesn’t have to worry about a high end paint job being damaged,” said Jegelewicz.
All Covered Up
Inspecting the cover upon arrival our expectations were exceeded. All the seams are overlapped and double-stitched, insuring that no seams will come apart for years to come. But before throwing a cover on, you need to make sure that the car is clean first. If there are dirt and bugs all over the car, give it a wash. If the car just has some light dust, take a duster and wipe the dust off. This prevents any chaffing between the cover and the paint. This also allows the car to remain clean under the cover.
Installing the cover was a piece of cake, taking only a few minutes. We started by unrolling the cover and figuring out what end was the front, which was the hardest part of the installation. The front of the cover is labeled on the outside with “FRONT,” making it easy to situate properly. With the cover orientated the correct way, we started pulling it down over the car. We found it was the easiest to get the mirrors into the mirror pockets before pulling the cover down further. With the mirrors in their pockets, we pulled the rear pulled all the way down, and then we started on the front. Lastly, we pulled the back down under the bumper. Before our beer could gather condensation, the cover was installed.
The cover fit absolutely perfect and we really like the super tight-fitting look of the cover on the car. With the tight fit, there is no extra material to accidentally grab onto something as it moves past the car. Also, with the cover fitting like a glove, you can still see the bold body lines of the Camaro.
The covers are a maintenance-free product. There’s no changing the oil, tightening bolts, or anything like that. The worst case is the cover might get dirty. “Some of the fabrics can be washed in a washing machine, but we recommend a commercial washer on a low or light setting. If the car is large or the fabric is dense, then they won’t fit into a commercial washer,” explained Jegelewicz. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding and using a commercial washer, you can hose off the cover while it’s installed on the car, then just let the cover air dry. “If there are spots on the cover, you can use a very light detergent mixture to clean. All the fabrics come with a care and use guide on how to clean and care for them,” continued Jegelewicz.
“The main thing is to choose the right type of fabric for what you’re wanting to protect from” Jeff Jegelewicz, Covercraft.
Covering Up Your Ride
Covercraft has over 80,000 different vehicle patterns in their database, which grows on a daily basis. If the car is factory without modifications, you can order by year, make, and model. What if you have a car with a custom rear wing and hood scoop? Or even worse, what if you have a rare car they don’t make a cover for? Have no fear, Covercraft is here. They have detailed dimension sheets that you can fill out for a one-off cover designed to fit your exact car. So even if your car isn’t one of the 80,000 in the database, they still have you covered.
If you’re looking for some extra touches, they do offer monogramming and some silk screening. You can have whatever you’d like embroidered on the cover from your name, the cars name, to your car club. They can also silk screen logos, such as your car club’s logo. With so many options available Covercraft has all your needs covered. We will be using our cover for years to come!