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October 5, 2015

Batten Down the Hatches on Your Boat

There’s no denying that for many Americans, winter has arrived, and has announced her entrance with a roar. Cold snaps are whipping across the country like a January wind, and life seems to be frozen under a thick layer of ice. And while it would have been best to already have stowed your boat under a DuraShield cover for the winter by now, it’s still not too late to protect it.

Clean It Off

Before you do anything else, take the time to thoroughly clean your boat from top to bottom, including the deck, hardware and trim. Apply a coat of wax to the topsides to keep them nicely sealed, treat any blisters (on fiberglass boats), clean all the windscreens, and let all the canvas dry completely.

Engine Maintenance

Fill up the tank with gas and a little bit of gas stabilizer to minimize the chances of condensation build-up. To make sure everything runs through the system well and all the additives reach the gas that’s been left resting in the fuel lines and engine, run the motor for 10 or 15 minutes. You’ll also want to flush out your coolant system with water to get any residual gunk out, and then add antifreeze. Lastly, do a run-through of all the engine parts to see how they look: hoses, belts, clamps, strainers, and thru-halls.



Next on the list is flushing out the head with a healthy amount of water and pumping out the holding tank. When you’re done that, finish by running a non-toxic antifreeze through the intake lines, y-valve, macerator, discharge hose, ice makers, A/C pumps, sump pumps, fish wells, bilge pumps, and shower.

Oil and Lubrication

You’re just about done! The final step in winterizing your boat is to drain the oil and filters on the stern drive, inboard engines, outdrive gear case or outboard lower unit, and four-stroke outboards, but to do this when the engine’s warm so you maximize the amount of sediment and impurities that’s flushed out. A warning sign: if the oil you’re draining looks milky, that’s an indication that water’s crept in and there might be loose or leaky seals that need to be tightened, repaired, or replaced.

And to make sure nothing rusts or tightens up until warmer weather arrives, lubricate moving parts like hinges, latches,
push-pull switches, linkages, ratchet mounts, bow rollers, and sterndrive gimbal bearing and engine coupler (on sterndrive boats.)

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Take It Inside

Last step: store your boat in a cool, dry place (like your garage), and make sure you’ve got a DuraShield cover on it. It’s not a good idea just to throw a tarp over top because they don’t breathe and can trap moisture inside, leading to rust and a shortened lifespan.

When you winterize and store your boat, make sure you check out our selection of boat covers so your water rider is in fighting form when the ice thaws. Every cover will arrive in new condition with great warranties, and there’s FREE shipping to the lower 48 states.

Winter Motorcycle Riding

Just because temperatures are low doesn’t mean you have to put your motorcycle away until the tulips poke through the earth, but it does mean you have to adopt a different riding style.


Dress in Layers

Winter is cold enough on its own, but when you add wind speeds in the double digits, it’s like taking a polar dip when the polar vortex hit. Start with base layers like long johns and a thermal shirt so they’ll both keep you warm and wick away moisture that can turn cold in a hurry. Next, add mid-layers like a wool shirt or sweater that have a higher collar than the thermal shirt so air will be trapped between the layers and heat up.

Top it off with outer gear, donning a hardshell jacket like Gore-Tex for maximum warmth and wind-blocking. Wearing Gore-Tex boots also adds breathability and waterproofing, two things important for a comfortable ride. If you find your Gore-Tex boots slip a bit, you can add grippier pegs to compensate.

Finally, pick out lobster mittens that are lined and well-insulated, a neck warmer that fits snugly between your coat and helmet, and a fog-free face shield.

Prep Your Bike

The colder the weather, the colder- and harder- the tires. And for safe driving and maximum stopping time, motorcycles need winter-appropriate tires that can handle cold temperatures. Although driving can help warm up the tires, regular ones still stay hard and translate to decreased stopping time. Your tires are two tiny patches connecting you to the ground, and skimping on ones that don’t have the proper tread and resistance is a death risk.


Watch the Road

It’s never more crucial than in winter to see how the road actuallylooks. The freeze-thaw cycle causes its own havoc from the road constantly expanding and contracting, but the bigger problem is snowplows coming along and tearing up the asphalt, leaving cracks and potholes that can easily trip you up. But after every trip, make sure to clean your bike off for salt to minimize corrosion.

Keep Back

Stopping time is increased in the winter, and especially important in motorcycle because it’s uncovered. In ideal and dry conditions, it takes a good rider about 85 feet to stop at 35 mph. And with an average car measuring about 16 feet, that’s 5 car lengths…and snowy or winter weather increases that. But the faster you go, the more distance you’ll need to maintain between you and the car in front of you.

Mind the Weather

If it starts snowing or the roads are frozen, keep home. There’s almost no occasion that necessitates using your motorcycle in bad weather, and there’ll always be another day for you to take your bike out.

Whether you’ve stored your motorcycle for the winter or have tuned it up for cold-weather riding, make sure you put a DuraShield motorcycle cover on it. Our selection has something for everyone, and there’s always FREE SHIPPING to the lower 48 states.

How to Clean Your Grill to Kick off the Season

There’s something about warm weather that makes the outdoors and cooking go hand-in-hand. But before you take the lid off and fire up the grill, you should give it a thorough cleaning first. After all, good grilling is clean grilling, and the first cleaning at the beginning of the season is the most important one.

Step 1: Grates

The grates are one of the most important parts of the grill because it’s the only thing preventing your food from directly touching the heat source. Have dirty grates, and your food will taste dirty, too. But take the time to clean them thoroughly and correctly, and you’ll be one step closer to being crowned Master Chef of your neighborhood.

Start by removing them entirely and letting them soak in warn, soapy water for 15 minutes. This allows the water to work its magic by softening up caked-on crud, making the cleaning process a lot easier. Once they’ve had a good soak, take a wire brush to them and really scrub. Your goal is to get every single thing off that’s been hibernating there over winter, so you’ll need a bit of elbow grease.

Step 2: Heat Source

Most grills are either charcoal or gas, so we’ll take a look at how to clean both the proper way.

Charcoal Grill

The great thing about charcoal grills is all you have to do is give it a quick clean each time you use it and you’re good to go, including just brushing out the ash. However, after it’s been sitting for the entire winter, you’ll have to be a little more thorough. Hopefully, you took out any bricks or wood before packing it up, as they’ll need to come out anyway.

Next, scrub out all the other gunk until it’s crystal clean and then wash with soapy water. Not only is this a necessary step in getting it ready, but it’ll make post-grill cleans a lot easier. Lastly, you may want to touch up any spots with paint, but make sure it’s clearly marked as “grill safe”.

Gas Grill

Gas grills have a “clean” knob; ignore this. What the “clean” setting is good for is preheating the grill so when you actually get to cleaning it, the job’s a lot easier. Your grill should also have a barrier above the burners in the form of metal plates, lava rock, or briquettes. This area should be well scrubbed, too, for the same reasons listed in the charcoal grill section.


Step 3: The Rest of the Grill

Make sure it’s not possible for your grill to heat up (mostly a concern with having an “on” gas grill) and take the rest of the parts out, again soaking them in warm, soapy water to loosen up the grit. While the parts are soaking, inspect the rest of the grill for the following:

  • Clear burners so nothing blocks the flow of gas
  • No food caked onto ceramic briquettes or lava rock (replace if there is)
  • Any caked on food inside the grill, or any dirt on the outside; clean down with soapy water

Once you’ve got all the parts cleaned and free of soap, re-assemble your grill back together. You can pat it dry, but it’s just as easy to let it air-dry, too. The only thing to keep in mind is let it heat completely before you cook on it, just in case you missed rinsing off a soapy spot or two.

Now that you’ve got a super clean grill, the only thing that’s left is getting a DuraShield grill cover for those rainy or windy days. The last thing you’d want is for your hard work to go to waste, and a DuraShield cover can avoid that. Plus, we’ve got free shipping to the lower 48 states, so there’s no reason not to get one today.

October 30, 2014

The Extreme Importance of Car Covers During Winter

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When you own a car, a cover is a big plus to protect it from the weather, dirt, and debris. DuraShield makes a wide variety of different car covers of different sizes and design. When you don’t have a garage a cover protects the car from rain, wind, snow, ice, kids, and animals.


Classic Accessories OverDrive PolyPRO™ 3 Car Cover

Covers are made for all types of cars from antique autos to sports models. Weather is the most important reason to purchase a car cover. The suns rays can cause havoc on a cars paint job. Even if you have a garage when you park the car in the driveway a cover can help. Sun can cause damage to the interior and rubber. When choosing a cover for sun protection choose a cover with UV resistant material.

Excessive moisture damages a car look for a car cover that uses material that allows air circulation and repels water. Again if you don’t have a garage a cover can protect your car from pollen from trees, bird droppinge and even sap. Most car covers are machine washable so you can keep them clean.

Kids and animals can damage your car accidently scratching paint with bikes or walking too close. Sometimes people want to touch a car with a great paint job another reason to buy a cover. Animals like cats, chipmunks, mice and squirrels often get under or inside a car hood. Covering it helps protect the car.

Even when you have a garage a cover keeps the car safe from dirt, debris, or dust. Often in the garage you have other equipment that might damage your paint or the body.

When you choose a car cover think about where you park, weather, how often you use the vehicle, and color. A lightweight cover is great for outdoors and is easy to fold and take off. If you have no garage and use it all year a cover with an extra layer of protection will work well.

When storing in the garage an indoor lightweight cover will do the trick. Pick a color that is light and has reflective qualities because this is the best option of handling direct sun. These are a few tips on the benefits of car covers.

October 14, 2014

Don’t Understimate the Power of the Elements

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If a vehicle or equipment is going to be left outside in the elements, then it needs to have a quality vehicle cover the help protect the item. The elements in and of themselves may seem like easy conditions to deal with, however, they can be extremely brutal.

The sun has an extraordinary power of drying out and bleaching anything left in its exposure for hours. This is the reason why color is lost quickly with equipment, clothes, or paint when left in the sun without protection.

Moisture is the next major element. Water has an extreme ability to get into just about everything. Worse, water is a major cause of oxidation when combined with air. As a result any kind of metal, including stainless steel, will eventually begin to corrode and fall apart when exposed to moisture and water. The first effect is a dulling of the metal or bubbling of paint on the metal. When it gets worse, the true signs of rust kick in and become unattractively visible.

Finally, wind can act like a sandblaster over time, throwing particles and particulates against the surface of a vehicle or equipment, causing microscopic damage which opens up damage to moisture and UV rays as well.

The benefits of a good cover like those realized with DuraShield become very apparent when you think about all the damage caused by the elements. When wind, sun and water can tear down mountains, no fully exposed vehicle is going to sit unscathed without a good vehicle cover for protection.

A good vehicle cover has multiple benefits. Obviously, the most apparent benefit is the protection of the item covered. However, there are also indirect benefits as well. Keeping the external surface protected helps reduce maintenance costs, keeps grit and dirt out of the vehicle when not in use, and it reduces or eliminates the exposure of moisture to the item. All of those benefits are extremely helpful to keep a vehicle or piece of equipment lasting longer. And that’s why DuraShield is such a great product to use have have.

October 2, 2014

Preparing Your Automobiles for Winter

Filed under: Car Covers — admin @ 8:00 am

Winter, with its combination of harsh weather elements and reduced outdoor activities, can be as hard on your automobiles as it is on you. Without proper preparations, automobiles could require maintenance before you are able to use them in the spring. Here are a few tips to help your vehicle survive winter like a champ.

Start Clean


Classic Accessories Deluxe Four Layer Car Cover

Starting with a clean vehicle, inside and out, is crucial to ensuring that it will be in tip-top shape when the weather warms up. Get rid of any trash inside the cabin and vacuum up crumbs. Clean the dash and seats – if they are leather – with a high quality cleaner specially designed for this purpose.

If your carpeting and cloth seats have taken a beating, consider shampooing them before the cooler weather sets in. Just make sure you start the shampooing process to allow plenty of time for drying. Doing otherwise runs the risk of providing a breeding ground for mildew and mold, two elements that you will not want to deal with in the spring – or any time.

Keep Critters Away

Mice and other small pests can wreak havoc on a vehicle that sees little use during the winter. The tailpipe is often seen as a cozy spot to build a nest so stuff an old sock in the opening to prevent that from happening. Just don’t forget about it when you go to start your automobile up the next time you want to drive it.

Make the interior of your vehicle an unwelcoming place for small animals. Dryer sheets and old socks filled with mothballs can discourage mice from setting up residence. Be sure to build in extra time to air out your vehicle if you use mothballs.

Cover it Up

Car covers are an invaluable tool for protecting your vehicle over the winter. Choose one that repels and resists snow and rain. Make sure you can tie it down so that the wind doesn’t blow it off. An elasticized hem makes it easy to put on and take off while ensuring that it stays in place.

September 30, 2014

Prevent 3 Types of Damage By Using Motorcycle Covers

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As nice weather comes to a halt, you might tuck your motorcycle away until the next riding season. The way you store your bike greatly influences your ability to instantly hop onto it for a ride at the start of the next season. If you keep your bike out in the open, you might spend tons of time fixing damage caused by trees, animals and poor weather conditions. Think about investing in a motorcycle cover to keep your most prized possession safe from unwanted threats.

Tree Debris

There’s no doubt about it, tree sap wreaks havoc on your motorcycle’s paintjob, moving parts and fabric components. This sticky substance takes an incredible amount of time and elbow grease to remove. If you wait too long to remove the sap, you might not even be able to dislodge all of the residue. The worst part is tree sap’s ability to work its way into the moving parts, gumming up the works permanently in severe cases. Invest in a nice cover to prevent this problem altogether.

Animal Intrusions

If you leave your motorcycle uncovered throughout the cold season, it might feel like everything from rodents to insects tried to make their home there. You might find remnants of beehives, spider webs and insect egg sacs under the fairings, saddle and outside of the engine. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, may have even gnawed off the rubber materials used on the seat and handlebars. When not in use, seal up your bike with a tightly fitting cover to keep these pests away.Animal Intrusions

Weather Sabotage

Rain, snow and hail all pose a serious threat to your motorcycle’s glossy, beautiful finish. Rain and snow can work their way beneath the paint to create large bubbles that pop to reveal bare metal underneath. At that point, your bike will start to rust away from that spot outward. Hail poses an even bigger threat to your bike since its harsh impacts could dent up the finish and knock paint off the frame. A cover keeps your motorcycle dry while deflecting hailstones of all sizes.

Protect Your Ride

Immediately protect your motorcycle with a cover after deciding to park it for the off-season. After all, the earlier you cover it up, the less work you will need to do to prepare it for the first ride of next season.

If you’re looking for more ways to protect your motorbike this upcoming winter, head over to DuraShield now to cover your baby!

June 19, 2014

Things to Look at Before Your Next Car Road Trip

We’ve written before about what you have to do to cover up your car for the winter, but what about the opposite: getting said to stretch her legs on the summer’s open road? A road trip is one of the most classic things you can do during the summer, but going out without a full car inspection is foolish at best, dangerous at worst. Don’t be “that person” and check over your car before you go, and make sure you’re never writing into a comedy site about how you were stuck by the side of Route 66 for days on end. But instead of poring over countless articles, here’s a handy little list of the top X things you should take a look at.



Without fluids, your car just won’t run. Or it might for a little bit, but then it’ll overheat and die. The point is, you want to make sure your fluids are topped up nicely and looking clean, so check for:


  • Oil: Change it if you’re close to the number of miles in your owner’s manual, otherwise, just top it up to the “fill” line.
  • Coolant
  • Transmission fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid (you’ll get a lot more bugs splattering on your windshield than you’d think)
  • Brake fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Gas



Without properly working brakes, well, you know very well what the consequences could be. It’s just not worth it to take a chance on shoddy breaks, no matter how far you’re travelling. And if you’re still unconvinced, just picture this scenario: you’re hurdling down a backroad highway at too many miles per hour when a deer suddenly leaps in front of you. And because deer are short, you can’t hit them at the legs like you can with moose, so you’re only option is to stop as suddenly as possible — except you can’t, because you’re breaks aren’t in top condition. Don’t let this happen to you and get them checked over before you leave.


Just like your brakes, tires are crucial to your car’s good health. They’re your only points of contact with the ground and while you can’t rely 100% on road conditions, you can do something about your tires. If they’re bare, cracked or worn, consider investing in a new set. After all, you’ll be putting hundreds of miles on them and it’s only fair to give yourself the best chance possible of being safe. But if you can’t swing a new full set, at least carry a spare with you, and tools to change it. At the very least, check the air pressure.



Your battery’s one of the more reliable parts of your car…until it isn’t. Unless you’re testing it regularly, you’re probably not very aware of it slowly dying until one day, your car won’t turn over and it’s because of a dead battery. Another common cause is leaving the car on and draining the battery that way, and you definitely don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere if that happens. A spare battery, though, is generally not the kind of thing people carry around with them, but a pair of jumper cables is.

At DuraShield, we’re always coming up with new ways that you can protect everything you bought with your hard-earned money. If you’re not taking your car out for a long spin, then a car cover is the next best way of keeping it protected. Check out our selection and find the perfect one for your car, and we’ll send it to you with free shipping.

June 4, 2014

Have You Invested in Tire Covers?

If you have any sort of vehicle other than a hovercraft, you probably have tires on it. They can be one of the most overlooked parts of your vehicle, and yet they’re one of the most vital because those rubbery patches are your only contact with the ground. Ignore them, and risk getting blow-outs at the most inopportune times. But take care of them regularly, and you’ll extend the lives of them to jealousy-reaching heights. One of the easiest ways you can do this is to use tire covers, which shield them from the sun, rain and other elements.


Long-Term Protection

If you’re a smart driver, you likely know the importance of using tire covers all the time, even on your spare tires. The latter is especially important because they’re not used nearly as frequently as your regular tires. They’re usually stowed in your trunk — your hot and dry trunk — (or on the back of your car) and taken out only if an emergency occurs.

This long rest period can cause them to become exposed to elements that are not good for them at all in the long-term, such as rain, sun and heat drying them out if they’re on the back of your vehicle, or heat if they’re in your trunk. When the rubber is exposed like this, the integrity of it is slowly eaten away, making them potentially dangerous to swap for a flat or blown tire.




They Make an Easy Fit

You’re not trying to outfit a boat, patio furniture or grill with a cover, you’re just wrapping up a round tire. It’s about as easy as you can get, with tire covers coming with flexibility and ease of use. Plus, tire covers come in an assortment of materials, which means it’s easier than ever to get one that fits just right. .

Fit is also important because any loose space can mean that dirt or water can collect — two things that can greatly reduce the lifespan of your tires. If moisture gets in, for example, it can remove protective compounds like antioxidants and anti-ozones, two things which help protect the rubber. The sun, on the other hand, emits UV rays, which can attack the rubber and cause it to break down. You’ll know if you have wrecked tires if they look brittle and have cracks in them.

Safety First

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to invest in tire covers, think about it from a safety point of view. How would you feel if you were racing down the freeway on your RV and suddenly a tire went flat. It’d throw the whole balance of your RV off, which can be a potentially deadly occurrence at freeway speeds.

Now imagine that you’ve invested in tire covers: you can cruise to whatever destination you want, never having to worry about your point of contact with the road. It’s a peace of mind you well deserve when you’re on a road trip, as well as having enough on your plate to worry about.

Tire covers aren’t a luxury item that you should debate investing in, but something you should do automatically for your vehicle. Whether you’re thinking of tire covers for a golf cart, RV or ATV/UTV, they’re a smart choice. And because they’re such a smart choice, we’re happy to throw in free shipping on every set you buy.

May 21, 2014

Different Kinds of Materials Used in Our Covers

At DuraShield, we’ve mostly written about how fabulous our covers are, how to use them with your furniture and vehicles, and provided general maintenance tips for everything that our covers can go on. But one thing we’ve realized is missing is why we’ve chosen the fabrics and materials for our covers that we have, and it’s important that you know what’s in your covers. We don’t just take a tarp, tape it together and call it a cover — our work goes far beyond that, and we want you to know exactly why our covers are as high of a quality as they are.


ProtekX™ Plus

This heavy-duty fabric is a win all around for our covers, and provides optimal year-round protection from the elements. It’s tough, durable and breathable, and doesn’t sustain damage from bugs, the sun, dirt and other pollutants as other fabrics do. There’s also a metallic heat shield on it that helps guard against heat damage when placed close to hot exhaust pipes, like the ones on your motorcycle, golf cart, or ATV/UTV. Plus, it comes with air vents so there’s a steady airflow in and out that cuts down on moisture buildup. If too much water gets in and settles, it can cause rust on your vehicle, leading to a lot of problems down the road. You can find it in our motorcycle covers section.

ProtekX™ Extreme

This is like our ProtekX™ Plus fabric, but one step further: it’s a lot more heavy-duty for the really tough elements, and is mildew-resistant for extra guarding against moisture damage. The backing is made of an incredibly tough polyurethane blend, which means it stands up well to extreme weather and abrasion or scratching. It also comes with a no-scratch hood liner for that extra little bit of protection, and you can find it in our deluxe snowmobile covers section.


When you browse the covers in our boats section, you’ll find Stellex. You’ll notice a theme when we say it’s a tough fabric, and that’s because Stellex is a type of polyester specially fabricated to withstand sun fade and weather shrink. It comes with a fabric-coating technology that’s resistant to mold, dirt, bugs, UV damage and mildew, but is still incredibly light and strong.


Lunex RS™

The term “ripstop” may or may not be familiar to you, but it means a nylon fabric that’s stitched in a grid-like, cross-hatch fashion to protect against scratches, rips and tears (sort of like the parachute material you go skydiving with). There are thick threads sewn into light fabrics, which gives it a bit of a 3D texture, and is a hallmark sign of its strength and durability. It’s also really, really light, but can withstand trailering easily. You can find this in our boats section, too.

Cotton-Backed Vinyl

Cotton is a natural fabric, while vinyl is a synthetic one. Together, each fabric grabs the best of the other’s qualities and combines to make an almost superhuman material that’s strong, flexible, light and durable. You’ll see this in our tire covers section because our covers have to be able to fit a range of tire sizes, yet still provide protection to all of them. The seams are double-stitched for an added level of protection, ensuring your tires don’t see the sun at all and enjoy a bit of extra life to them.


Not all homeowners store their patio furniture in the garage or in a carport, so it’s important that these covers are able to withstand snow and rain for months at a time, as well as not cracking when the mercury dips down really low. Our covers with this material are thick, durable and tough so snow and dirt can’t make their way in, but come with zippers so you don’t have to fight at squeezing cushions and furniture into the covers.

WeatherPro 3-Ply

Just like “ripstop”, you’ve no doubt heard of PVCs, or polyvinyl chloride. It’s a really widely-used polymer, but we’ve avoided using it in our barbecue and grill covers because of its sensitivity to weathering effects (it can get brittle and crack easily). Instead, we skipped the PVC part so it stands up well to weather, and added a special solution to resist fading. It also comes with air vents inside for excellent breathability.

It’s important to know exactly why certain fabrics are chosen for specific covers, as each one has been specially chosen and designed to best fit each need. We want to give you only the best quality covers, but more than that, we want to make the whole shopping process as easy as possible on you. This is why we have free shipping to the lower 48 states, as well as a daily sale you can always capitalize on.
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