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Old 11-21-2013, 08:38 PM
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Custom car cover for UBER Z4

My Z4 MC Scatha is, for a while, banished from the garage to make room for my next Art Car. Obviously I would be concerned about wear and tear on her paint. But it turns out that a neighbor of mine recently quit her day job to start a small business of making custom car and boat covers. Serendipity indeed. Her background is broad in the tailoring arts, studying upholstery and coverings under her father as a youth. Fun trivia fact: she sewed a 40'x40' fireproof liner used on one of our space shuttles! Anyway, this project was far less challenging for her.

The material is waterproof boat-shrunk treated cotton canvas, with 100% boned, treated #12 cotton thread. This combination is non-scratching, waterproof and breathable.

It is quite thick and heavy compared to the lightweight POS covers you can buy at the corner store. As such there is no elastic. Janet says that elastic tends to break down quickly in an outdoor environment and instead tailors her covers for a snug fit. The cotton canvas is very tough and will last many years with proper treatment. I would dare say you could throw pocket change at the cover and the car would not be damaged.

As is my habit, pictures...

First she measured the car and made the basic cover. Then brought it over for tailoring:




Two days later it was ready to use. Unrolling:




Covering:






Note that I asked her to make two reinforced button holes for the two tow hooks Scatha always has installed. Normal covers wouldn't bother with those.

Removal is very easy, just a reverse of installation. Rolled up it looks like this:


Complete with carry bag:


Dropped in the trunk:


I'm quite happy with the product. I told Janet that if other Z's are interested she could use mine to make a pattern for tailoring out-of-state cars' covers. If any of you want to contact her, here is her email: janetgonzalez54@att.net

Note: I have no affiliation with the tailor beyond being a customer and neighbor.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:29 AM
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Supercool! Love the in-process pictures.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:35 AM
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If you are going to cover up a beautiful car like that, a customized car cover seems appropriate. Very nice and thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:20 AM
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You always come up with the coolest ways of doing things. I ordered one of those Italian covers, but have never heard about making payment, might have to look ath this instead. But I sure would love to have ///M on the hood.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:34 PM
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You always come up with the coolest ways of doing things. I ordered one of those Italian covers, but have never heard about making payment, might have to look ath this instead. But I sure would love to have ///M on the hood.
-Email her about it. I know she's done custom embroidery type stuff on past projects.
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