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Old Sep 19th 2022, 9:52 am
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Ask the helpful man on the chat thingy what the warranty is? I cover all my outdoor furniture using covers made of the same stuff and have to replace them every year. The intense sun dries them out then the wind shreds them.
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Old Sep 19th 2022, 10:21 am
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Well if it came to claiming on the warranty the cost of sending the defective item back would make it not worth while the claim, I think. Good point but anyway I hope by this time next year to have some sort of shade construction in place - albeit would prob still use the cover as well , if it hasn't blown away once shredded by the weather.
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Old Sep 20th 2022, 10:39 am
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Slightly sideways on this topic, I inherited a very nice table and chairs on my balcony when I bought my apartment but try as I might I cannot find a cover for the table, which gets covered in dust less than 48 hours after cleaning. The table is circular and measures 1.5m across, so it’s quite large. The local garden centre shops sell square ones, rectangular one and circular ones up to about 1.2m across, but no one sells one measuring 1.5m. Wonder where …?
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Old Sep 20th 2022, 12:53 pm
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You can always get it made by a sailmaker, if you're willing to pay the cost.
I've had a few custom covers made.

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Old Sep 20th 2022, 4:13 pm
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Default Re: Protecting new car from sun during long absences

Originally Posted by liveaboard View Post
You can always get it made by a sailmaker, if you're willing to pay the cost.
I've had a few custom covers made.
Good idea. I e seen one along the prom in Lagos so I’ll go and ask for a price. Thank you.
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I had a cover made by the Lagos shop.
Good work.
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Old Sep 21st 2022, 11:36 am
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Have you thought about getting one of those impermeable waxy tablecloths for outdoor tables ?
They are usually available in rolls which can be cut to desired length. Often quite natty designs. If you are going to be away you would have to weight the ends down with maybe tiles or such. Or you could botch some kind of tape or cord arrangement to keep the thing from blowing away.
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Old Dec 12th 2022, 3:25 am
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If all goes to plan, I should be picking up my new Duster in the next month or so. I have always in the past made do with second hand cars ( quite old ones actually ) so have never bothered about things like exposure to sun damage .

However I think I do need to guard against it for the new car in all its Urban Grey glory . It may well be left for months on end ( esp over winter ) parked in my small yard around the house - well exposed to sunshine. I am hoping to grow grape vines over a trellis but that won't help for the next year or two.

So is it a good idea to cover the whole vehicle with some kind of cover ? Or would condensation then be a problem ?

If a cover is a good idea : what's the nearest equivalent to Halfords from which to purchase such an item ( online hopefully ) ?
Not sure if you managed to get something sorted but lots of cars in my village in Hong Kong use these:



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Old Dec 12th 2022, 10:07 am
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If all goes to plan, I should be picking up my new Duster in the next month or so. I have always in the past made do with second hand cars ( quite old ones actually ) so have never bothered about things like exposure to sun damage .

However I think I do need to guard against it for the new car in all its Urban Grey glory . It may well be left for months on end ( esp over winter ) parked in my small yard around the house - well exposed to sunshine. I am hoping to grow grape vines over a trellis but that won't help for the next year or two.

So is it a good idea to cover the whole vehicle with some kind of cover ? Or would condensation then be a problem ?

If a cover is a good idea : what's the nearest equivalent to Halfords from which to purchase such an item ( online hopefully ) ?

try here.on line similar to Halfords, just scroll down
https://www.norauto.pt/procurar/cobertura-do-carro
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Default Re: Protecting new car from sun during long absences

condensation is only a problem if there is damp inside the car.
But just to prevent mould (which can come from your use of the car) I would spray the steering wheel, handles gear knob, anything that you have touched with white vinegar solution before locking it up.
Thats what I do to my car left 6 months at a time in UK over winter....and disconnect the battery. (Get radio code before doing that if it has one)
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