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    Exclamation A warning to all.

    Just a warning to all who are thinking about buying a car cover for a project that hasn't moved in months. While I was recommissioning a Renault 5 turbo 2, I decided it was a good idea to buy a breathable cover for it. I bought one of the special breathable car covers from Halfords, think it was called a super cover or similar, cost about fifty odd quid.

    Lifted the paintwork in bubbles, looked like blisters. I was later informed by a mechanic friend he sent his back for a similar result. Damage - more than a few thousand.
    Apparently caused sweating of the paint, a costly mistake I will not be repeating.

    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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    I take it there were no warning on the box? Do you not think you stand a chance of being reimbursed?
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    No warning at all.
    Try proving it against a major company with more money than I could stand up against in court. Not much you can do apart from warn others not to make the same mistake.
    Forgot to mention the colour was pearlescant white and you have to remove the rear arches and spray twice. Think 6k plus. I had to 2.5 k off the car for it to sell like that. :-(

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    Thanks for the heads up to fellow members. Sorry to hear about the damage Fella, Halfords strike again.
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    I have a car cover for a car I have in storage, it isn't a halfrauds cover though. Does this mean it will have to come off?
    Vauxhall Carlton Estate - Z20LET, Greddy TD06-20G turbo, Tial 38mm external wastegate (screamer), 80mm drop, Camouflage paint job

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    Gutted for you. I hope its not too expensive to fix.

    I expect those covers arent meant for such a long term basis though, so thats why there is nothing to explain on the box as to that you should or shouldnt keep it on that long maybe??
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    I looked at getting one of these for 3-4 months when i was layed up after my operation and was advised againt it. I just give the car a good clean and quite a few coats of wax and left it. Was ok, just needed to give it another good clean when i was able to.

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    surely the whole point in buying a breathable cover is so that it can be stored for a few months, goods not fit for purpose, courts would have hammered halfords no matter how good there lawyers are. if it got that far

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    I spoke to my friend who used to do a lot of car bodywork and according to him its because paint can 'sweat' for up to 6 months after having a respray and covering it up within that time frame can lead to this happening.

    No good to you now I know but hopefully it will save someone else making the same costly mistake.
    Vauxhall Carlton Estate - Z20LET, Greddy TD06-20G turbo, Tial 38mm external wastegate (screamer), 80mm drop, Camouflage paint job

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    I remember years ago my Dad putting a cover over one of his cars, after a few months he went to pull the cover off and the material had perished/bonded to all the flat surfaces..... It peeled off but there was many hours of T-cutting afterwards...

    This is why I'd never use a car cover....

    If its got pistons or tits, its gonna be expensive!!






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