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I have a vintage car that I only drive once a month or so. I live in a very rainy area, so it is extremely unlikely to not be raining, even most of the year.

I was thinking I could wash the dirt off with a sponge after driving, try to dry it as quickly as I can with a towel, then throw the cover on and hope the underside of the cover dries without mildewing.

Unfortunately a garage is out of the question as I am a renter.

Any ideas? Is it ok to put the cover on a damp car? Maybe there is some idea I haven't thought of?

Thanks!

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You should use car cover to protect it from daily dust,tree sap,bird's poop and of course the rain water.But one thing to remember is that the car should be dry.If you cover a damp car with a cover the water trapped inside would never dry and may affect the car's paint bad instead of doing good.

You should not cover a wet car as the trapped water might cause formation of mold and can also leave water marks on the paints surface.

Solution: What i would suggest you instead is that you should instead apply good quality wax polish(carnuba wax) on the car's body(of course the car needs to be little bit of damp for polish to spread properly). Wax is a water repellent would not allow the water to stay on the car's surface and would also protect the car's paint.And the day when your car is dry then you can cover it up with a car cover properly tying up all the strings.

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