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      01-03-2018, 03:09 PM   #1
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How to protect car parked outside near the beach

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I was just wondering what would be the best way to protect my F30 parked in the Florida sun?? I will not have access to garage, the apartment is about 5 miles away from the beach. I have already put a coat of chemical guys sealant and wax. I was thinking about getting a car cover since I will only be using the car on the weekends. Any recommendations?
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Probably a car cover (which you already mentioned) and frequent rinsing to remove the salt spray that is every where
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Probably a car cover (which you already mentioned) and frequent rinsing to remove the salt spray that is every where
My only concern with the car cover is the possibility of scratching. Are their any specific brands or products you guys recommend?
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hey guys!

I was just wondering what would be the best way to protect my F30 parked in the Florida sun?? I will not have access to garage, the apartment is about 5 miles away from the beach. I have already put a coat of chemical guys sealant and wax. I was thinking about getting a car cover since I will only be using the car on the weekends. Any recommendations?
Forget about car cover. Car must be perfectly clean and cover too or you will scratch it. Put Xpel protective films on headlights to avoid yellowing on headlamps. CGuys treatment is good. Put good wax every month and treat all rubber parts with CGuys treatment for rubber with UV Protection. Treat dashboard also. Find windscreen sun protector and try to find place in shadow for most of the day. Wax tail lights also (uv Protection for fading). That's it
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Don't put car cover if it's not clean.
For cover I recommend Bmw OEM outdoor cover.
If u can't put cover, at least put Windshield cover and some cover/sheet on the seats to protect from sun damage.
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Sun shade & window tint. Sunblock & shades for yourself.
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hey guys!

I was just wondering what would be the best way to protect my F30 parked in the Florida sun?? I will not have access to garage, the apartment is about 5 miles away from the beach. I have already put a coat of chemical guys sealant and wax. I was thinking about getting a car cover since I will only be using the car on the weekends. Any recommendations?
Forget about car cover. Car must be perfectly clean and cover too or you will scratch it. Put Xpel protective films on headlights to avoid yellowing on headlamps. CGuys treatment is good. Put good wax every month and treat all rubber parts with CGuys treatment for rubber with UV Protection. Treat dashboard also. Find windscreen sun protector and try to find place in shadow for most of the day. Wax tail lights also (uv Protection for fading). That's it
Does Xpel cover affect the LED blubs?
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Don't put car cover if it's not clean.
For cover I recommend Bmw OEM outdoor cover.
If u can't put cover, at least put Windshield cover and some cover/sheet on the seats to protect from sun damage.
The OEM covers are very tight on the car right? I really dont want to scratch my EB M sport paint.
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Sun shade & window tint. Sunblock & shades for yourself.
Sun Shade and Tint: Check
Sunscreen: Double Check?
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Also, what do I do for the sea salt protection?
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Get a garage....lol
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Also, what do I do for the sea salt protection?
The Florida sun will damage your paint much quicker, especially if you are not parked right beside splashing salt water mist, which doesn’t happen 5 miles from salt water.
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Get a garage....lol
I would, but I live in an apartment that doesn't offer a garage.
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Don't put car cover if it's not clean.
For cover I recommend Bmw OEM outdoor cover.
If u can't put cover, at least put Windshield cover and some cover/sheet on the seats to protect from sun damage.
The OEM covers are very tight on the car right? I really dont want to scratch my EB M sport paint.
OEM fits really good...doesn't move much with wind. The fabric quality is really good. I would never put any cover outdoors if the car is dirty. I store my car outside under OEM cover but only after cleaning the car.
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Car cover...there are several different types, some made of cotton for inside storage (keeps dust off, etc.) and others that are designed for outdoor use. They are all designed not to scratch your car. These are not cheap (unlike the ones for $39 at Walmart), so be prepared to pay a few hundred dollars for them. You can order a BMW custom-fit cover from getbmwparts dot com (Tischer BMW in MD) at a good discount. If it rains, don't let your car sit in the sun afterward unless the cover is breathable and water-repellent.

Window tint...I've always had my BMW windows tinted using the best film available. Check your local laws (reputable tint shops know what the limits are) and ask for "ceramic" tint film or anything other than the cheap dye-type. You can then either use a sunshade for the front windshield or have it tinted with a special clear film that will block UV and heat to some extent.
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Car cover...there are several different types, some made of cotton for inside storage (keeps dust off, etc.) and others that are designed for outdoor use. They are all designed not to scratch your car. These are not cheap (unlike the ones for $39 at Walmart), so be prepared to pay a few hundred dollars for them. You can order a BMW custom-fit cover from getbmwparts dot com (Tischer BMW in MD) at a good discount. If it rains, don't let your car sit in the sun afterward unless the cover is breathable and water-repellent.

Window tint...I've always had my BMW windows tinted using the best film available. Check your local laws (reputable tint shops know what the limits are) and ask for "ceramic" tint film or anything other than the cheap dye-type. You can then either use a sunshade for the front windshield or have it tinted with a special clear film that will block UV and heat to some extent.
Thanks for the info guys!!
Just to confirm the OEM cover is the best right? Or should I get something better?

I already have ceramic tint on all sides?.
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Thanks for the info guys!!
Just to confirm the OEM cover is the best right? Or should I get something better?

I already have ceramic tint on all sides?.

My OE cover fits like a glove....but as others have stated, only use cover if car is spotless (even then it'll get micro scratches)

I'd definitely put PPF (Paint Protectant Film) on it...

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Thanks for the info guys!!
Just to confirm the OEM cover is the best right? Or should I get something better?

I already have ceramic tint on all sides?.

My OE cover fits like a glove....but as others have stated, only use cover if car is spotless (even then it'll get micro scratches)

I'd definitely put PPF (Paint Protectant Film) on it...

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That cover fits M Sport models to right?
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I would, but I live in an apartment that doesn't offer a garage.
then i would move apartments....
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That cover fits M Sport models to right?

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Thanks for the info guys!!
Just to confirm the OEM cover is the best right? Or should I get something better?

I already have ceramic tint on all sides?.
The OEM cover is great, but there are quite a few other choices. Bavarian Autosport (bavauto.com) carries some different varieties and there are other providers as well. The OEM cover fits literally like a glove but some of the other covers can be tailored for your specific car model as well.

Make sure you get a good folding sunshade for your front window to prevent your dash from getting damaged by heat and UV.
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hey guys!

I was just wondering what would be the best way to protect my F30 parked in the Florida sun?? I will not have access to garage, the apartment is about 5 miles away from the beach. I have already put a coat of chemical guys sealant and wax. I was thinking about getting a car cover since I will only be using the car on the weekends. Any recommendations?
Forget about car cover. Car must be perfectly clean and cover too or you will scratch it. Put Xpel protective films on headlights to avoid yellowing on headlamps. CGuys treatment is good. Put good wax every month and treat all rubber parts with CGuys treatment for rubber with UV Protection. Treat dashboard also. Find windscreen sun protector and try to find place in shadow for most of the day. Wax tail lights also (uv Protection for fading). That's it
Does Xpel cover affect the LED blubs?
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hey guys!

I was just wondering what would be the best way to protect my F30 parked in the Florida sun?? I will not have access to garage, the apartment is about 5 miles away from the beach. I have already put a coat of chemical guys sealant and wax. I was thinking about getting a car cover since I will only be using the car on the weekends. Any recommendations?
Forget about car cover. Car must be perfectly clean and cover too or you will scratch it. Put Xpel protective films on headlights to avoid yellowing on headlamps. CGuys treatment is good. Put good wax every month and treat all rubber parts with CGuys treatment for rubber with UV Protection. Treat dashboard also. Find windscreen sun protector and try to find place in shadow for most of the day. Wax tail lights also (uv Protection for fading). That's it
Does Xpel cover affect the LED blubs?
Not at all. You can't even notice it.
And the headlights always looks new.
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