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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.

March 27, 2014

Protecting Your DuraShield Goods from Springtime Flooding

Now that spring is officially here, it’s almost warm enough to take your DuraShield cover off your car, ATV, boat, motorcycle, golf cart, barbecue grill or patio furniture. But before you do, remember that one of the quickest routes to needing a new any of the above is wrecking it with flooding. Take the following precautions to make sure your valuable gear doesn’t get waterlogged, and you’ll be able to put your DuraShield cover on them again next season.
Classic Accessories OverDrive PolyPRO™ 3 Car Cover

Classic Accessories OverDrive PolyPRO™ 3 Car Cover

Cars, Motorcycles, Golf Carts and ATVs/UTVs

One of the worst ways to damage a motorized vehicle is with water. The mechanical and electrical parts inside need water like a fish needs dry land, and the two should be in contact as rarely as possible. Water can very easily lead to rust, which will weaken the entire integrity of your vehicle and lead it to breaking down much sooner than it should.

Protect it at least parking it on an incline so water can do its natural thing: find the lowest space possible and spread out there instead of in your car, golf cart or ATV/UTV. On a regular basis, run your hand under the seats to check if water has crept in, take off the spare tire to check for moisture there, and, for cars, run the A/C with the windows up and sniff for mildew or mold.


It may sound silly to read about how to protect your boat from water damage precisely because they’re meant to live in water, but it’s a real risk that’s always present (especially with saltwater).

Regularly inspect the traps under the sinks, sea cocks, strainers, and holding tanks for any hiding water, and remove it as soon as possible to ensure they’re protected. These areas should stay relatively dry, and it doesn’t take much to keep them that way.

Barbecues and Grills

Your barbecue or grill should be washed regularly to avoid ashy buildup, but not draining and letting it dry properly can lead to big and expensive problems down the road. And as with vehicles, saltwater and chlorinated pool water are especially big concerns.

For ocean side grilling, try and keep the cover on as much as possible. It won’t form a perfect seal, but it’ll be pretty darn close. To complement that, regularly inspect and clean the grill, taking time to scrub off any rust that’s developed and coating it in oil to prevent more from building up.

If it’s pool party barbecuing you’re after, the chlorine can be a real killer (or bromine, if you use that instead). The biggest precaution you can take is not setting your barbecue right by the pool so the chlorine/bromine vapors have a harder time sneaking in, and repositioning the grill upwind to further combat the vapors (as well as inspecting and cleaning it regularly).

Classic Accessories Villa Patio Table and Chair Set Cover - Round Tables

Classic Accessories Villa Patio Table and Chair Set Cover – Round Tables

Patio Furniture

Generally, keeping patio furniture from being water damaged isn’t a problem if it’s made of plastic, only if it’s made of wood or metal. It’s also relatively easy to protect it from water damage because the form of patio furniture naturally lends itself to water running off, not collecting on the tops and sides. But you should still tilt the furniture after a heavy rainfall to avoid water collecting, and spray it a protector for that extra boost.

When it comes to whatever valuables you’ve covered in a DuraShield cover, water damage can easily undo everything the DuraShield cover has protected. Take no chances and browse our selection for the DuraShield cover that’s just right for you, and enjoy free shipping to the lower 48 states.

March 12, 2014

Getting Your ATV Ready for Spring

The recent days of warm weather herald one thing: spring is on its way. That means it’s time to uncover theATV or UTV and take it out for a ride. But first, there are a couple of things you need to do to make sure it’s in good working order.


Make Sure There’s Enough Fuel in the Tank

If you’ve been following our tips on how to get your ATV/UTV ready for winter, you’ll know that prepping the fuel tank and filling it fill of gas is one of the things to do. However, an ATV/UTV that’s been sitting in your garage over winter has been largely unattended, and there are a number of things that could have happened:


  • Fuel leak from small, unseen damage when getting it ready for winter
  • Holes or pinpricks somewhere along the line caused by mice, cats or raccoons
  • Insects or water finding a new home
  • General dirt or grit making its way in there


Either way, you should check the fuel tank by draining both the tank and carburetor, and then filling the tank with fresh fuel. You may not have enough fuel on hand to fill the tank entirely, but what’s in a jerry can will do until you can.

Are the Tires Inflated?

So, your fuel tank is full and good to go, but unless your tires are firm and inflated, you’ll be going nowhere fast in a hurry. Start with a visual inspection of all four. If they look okay, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are; it can mean all four are equally flat. If this is the case, give them a light kick or squeeze to check. They may appear okay, but a bit more air in the tires—and be careful of how much you inflate them because replacing burst tires is a lot more arduous than just slowly inflating them—is probably a good thing after a full season of non-use.


Air Filter and Oil

Now that your ATV/UTV is majorly good, you have to look to make sure it can run smoothly and without overheating or clogging up. Depending on how well you take care of your ATV/UTV the rest of the year, a complete oil change may or may not be necessary. The same goes with changing the air filter. Take a look at it to see how grimy it is. You may be able to get away with just cleaning it off, or you may need a new one (the latter especially goes if you do a lot of desert riding where fine particulate matter can quickly clog it up.)

Battery and Brakes

It would be awfully terrible to get in the middle of a great ride and either not be able to stop or have it stopped for you. Your brakes and battery are two of the most important things to make sure you’ve got ultimate control over how long your quadding session goes, so run quick tests to make sure both are in top shape.


Some of the other things you should be looking at include:


  • spark plug (doesn’t necessarily have to be changed every season)
  • drive chain, to make sure it’s not worn, warped, bent or broken in any spots (also doesn’t have to be changed every season or year)
  • steering rods to see they’re straight and firmly secured in place
  • hand grips
  • fan or radiator so your ATV/UTV doesn’t overheat



Now that you’ve got your ATV/UTV in great working order, it’s time to take a look at DuraShield’s line of ATVand UTV covers to keep it that way when you take a rest. Our covers come quickly and of high quality, and there’s free shipping to the lower 48 states.



December 20, 2011

ATV Cover Care

ATV Cover

Replace your ATV cover if the fabric becomes torn or worn through.

An ATV cover keeps your quad clean and dry during storage and trailering. For the best protection, your cover should be free of debris and snow buildup.

Washing Your ATV Cover

The easiest way to clean an ATV cover is to wash it while it’s on your ATV. Use a soft brush to remove debris and hose the cover down with a low-pressure garden hose. Do not throw your ATV cover in the washing machine, and avoid the use of harsh chemicals. Your ATV cover is designed with special coatings that can be compromised by harsh soaps, chemicals, or bleach.

Storing Your ATV Cover

Make sure your ATV cover is clean and completely dry before storage. A wet, dirty ATV cover encourages the growth of mold and mildew. Store the cover in a dry storage area, preferably in a temperature-controlled climate.

Replacing Your ATV Cover

For the best protection, your ATV cover should be free of rips and tears. If the fabric wears through or you get a hole in the cover, it’s time to replace it or take it to an upholstery shop for professional repair.

October 26, 2011

Choosing an ATV Cover

ATV cover

An ATV cover should include a venting system.

Need a cover for your ATV or UTV? Here are some tips on choosing the right quad cover for outdoor storage, trailering, and indoor storage.


The thickness of an ATV cover is measured by the denier of the fabric. The higher the number, the thicker the fabric is. For example, a 300 denier ATV cover is denser and will last longer than a 200 denier cover. Heavier fabric costs more but will hold up better when exposed to harsh weather conditions and trailering.


Since an ATV cover that repels water can also trap moisture underneath the cover, it’s important to buy a cover with a venting system. Vent flaps not only allow condensation to evaporate but they reduce wind lofting, which can damage the cover. The vents should be designed to allow moisture to escape without letting rain get inside the cover.

Trailerable Covers

If you plan to use the ATV cover when transporting your quad on an open trailer or truck bed, make sure you get a trailerable ATV cover. The fabric should be thick enough to withstand trailering, and there should be plenty of tie downs to secure the cover to the ATV.

Storage Covers

If you only need the cover for storage, consider how much your ATV will be exposed to the weather. If you store the ATV outside in harsh weather, look for a heavy duty cover with plenty of tie downs. If you store the ATV inside a shed or garage, a lighter cover will work to keep out dust and dirt.

August 16, 2011

How to Install Classic Accessories Trailerable ATV Cover

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ATV cover

Classic Accessories Trailerable ATV Cover

If you are planning to transport your ATV on a trailer, follow all of the steps below. If you are only using the ATV cover for storage, you can skip the tie-down strap installation in step 3.

  1. First, load your ATV onto the trailer or vehicle. Before lashing the ATV down to the trailer, pull the cover over your ATV. Make sure the rear split panel is at the rear of the ATV.
  2. Find the three tie-down straps included with your ATV cover. Attach two of the straps to the buckles on the side of the cover. Run the unattached ends of the straps through the horizontal slots below the buckles to the inside of the cover. The straps should fall through to the cover and out the horizontal slits. Attach the strap ends to the buckles on the side of the cover.
  3. If you are using your ATV cover for trailering, use the tie-down straps to attach the cover securely to the trailer. The tie-down straps should run through the slots underneath the triangular panels on the front and rear of the ATV cover. Run your tie-downs from the ATV, through the cover, and then down to the trailer or vehicle.
  4. Attach the last strap in the buckle at the bottom of the front triangular panel. Run the strap underneath the ATV to the rear and attach the loose end of the strap to the buckle on the back of the cover through the split back section.
  5. Tighten all three straps to secure the cover snugly to your ATV. If you are trailering your ATV, tie off any loose strap ends to keep them from flapping in the wind. Tuck the loose strap ends through the slits in the cover.

May 10, 2011

ATV Cover and UTV Cover Reviews

Has held up for me so far in Wyoming winds up to 90 miles an hour. - Andrew

"Has held up for me so far in Wyoming winds up to 90 miles an hour." - Andrew

Looking for the best cover for your ATV? Check out these reviews for DuraShield customers for ATV covers and UTV covers.

ATV Cover (Trailerable)

“This is a durable 300 poly tarp has held up for me so far in Wyoming winds up to 90 miles an hour. As long as it is strapped around your ATV, there won’t be a chance of you waking up in the morning with a naked ATV.”
– Andrew A.

ATV Cover (Universal Gray)

“Very reasonably priced and covers my ATV perfectly. It’s made it through one winter with lots of snow and has held up great.”
– J. Watson

ATV Cover (Camo)

“Great product for the price! I was very pleased with the quality and the fact that it covered my entire Yamaha Kodiak 4 x 4 including the tires with a mounted equipment and gun rack. The free shipping arrived ahead of schedule. Thank you.”
– Andrew C.

“Delivered on time and was as described. Held up in a storm that occurred the day after I put it on. I’m happy with it.”
– R. Adams

UTV Cover

“Good Cover and good quality material. Not much more could be said – fits my Rhino just fine.”
– James R. Bender

April 26, 2011

How to Measure for an ATV Cover

Check the ATV cover dimensions to see if it will fit your bike.

Check the ATV cover dimensions to see if it will fit your bike.

Before making your ATV cover purchase, make sure you find the right size cover for your ATV!

1. Measure the length, width, and height of your ATV. Do not measure up and over the handlebars, windshield, or other parts. Measure in a straight line.

Take into account any add-ons or accessories that stick out from your ATV that you want underneath the cover. Some accessories may need to be removed before the cover will fit. Most ATV covers are sized to fit ATVs with racks and winches, but they may not work with windshields, snorkels, and other add-ons.

2. Check the cover dimensions for the cover that is recommended for your ATV. The dimensions of your ATV should fit within the dimensions of the cover.

Most powersports cover stores provide a sizing chart or product description that lists the ATV make and model along with the size cover recommended for your particular ATV. Use the manufacturer’s recommendation to find the right cover for your bike. Then measure your ATV to make sure the cover will fit before making your purchase. If you have questions about which size ATV cover you need, contact the store’s customer service department with your concerns.

January 11, 2011

ATV Cover Buying Guide

ATV covers protect your vehicle from dirt, dust, moisture, and other elements, keeping your quad clean and ready to ride anytime. It’s important to make sure your ATV cover provides the right amount of protection for your quad. Here are a few questions to ask when looking for your next ATV cover.

A trailerable ATV cover can be used for both storage and transport.

A trailerable ATV cover can be used for both storage and transport.

Do You Plan to Use Your ATV Cover for Storage and Trailering?

First, decide whether you want to use the ATV cover for storage only or for storage and transport. A trailerable ATV cover can be used for both storing your quad and for hauling it on an open bed trailer. A trailerable cover is thicker, more durable, fits snugly, and includes tie down straps to secure the cover to the ATV. A storage cover that is not approved for trailering should only be used for storage.

Will the ATV Cover Be Used for Outdoor Storage?

An outdoor storage cover for your ATV will be exposed to harsh elements, including rain, snow, UV rays, and strong winds. The harsher the weather is, the more durable your ATV cover will need to be. Thick, heavy duty ATV covers with water-resistant or waterproof coatings and UV protection will last longer in harsh environments.

Is There a Venting System?

No matter whether you use your ATV cover for indoor or outdoor storage, a venting system is crucial. It allows condensation and moisture to evaporate from underneath the cover. Without a venting system, this condensation will be trapped next to your ATV and can cause moisture damage. A proper ventilating system prevents moisture damage by giving any moisture that forms underneath the cover a chance to escape.

What Size ATV Cover Do You Need?

Find the right size cover for your ATV. The cover description should list dimensions and/or a list of ATV makes and models. Even if you see your model listed, be sure to measure your ATV—including any accessories and modifications that affect the stock dimensions—in order to make sure the cover will fit. It can save you the hassle of returning the cover for a different size.

November 30, 2010

ATV Cover FAQs

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Trailerable ATV cover

Trailerable ATV cover

What size ATV cover do I need?

Check the sizing chart for the cover you want to see if it will fit your ATV make and model. Then measure the length of your ATV from front to rear to make sure the cover will be long enough for your bike.

Is my ATV cover waterproof?

ATV covers provide different levels of water resistance. DuraShield ATV covers are designed to repel water and keep your bike dry, although in a heavy downpour, some moisture may get through.

Also, keep in mind that condensation will form on any covered vehicle because it creates a thermal barrier. The cover material must be breathable in order to allow this condensation to evaporate. If condensation is allowed to build up underneath the cover, it can cause moisture damage.

How can I keep mold and mildew from forming on my cover?

Breathability is important for preventing mold and mildew growth. Keeping the cover free of dirt and debris will also help prevent mold and mildew from growing on the cover. DuraShield ATV covers are protected with a Water-Tec coating that resists mold and mildew.

How do I install my ATV cover?

Find the tag sewn into the hem of the cover that indicates “FRONT.” Drape the front of the cover over the front of the ATV, carefully pulling it over any snag points. Work your way to the rear of the ATV cover, pulling the cover down the sides and over the rear bumper. Pull the elastic hem down snugly over the wheels.

If your cover is trailerable, secure the cover using the tie down straps provided.

How do you wash an ATV cover?

The easiest way to wash an ATV cover is to spray it down with a garden hose. Use a sponge to wipe away dirt and grime. For tougher stains, use mild soap. Do not use detergent or other harsh chemicals to clean the cover. Drape the cover over the ATV or a clothesline to dry.

Can I use my ATV cover for trailering?

If you want to cover your ATV while transporting it on an open trailer, the ATV cover must be approved for trailering use. Trailerable ATV covers are designed to be able to withstand harsh wind speeds and exposure to the elements. They also come with secure tie downs that keep the cover from flapping violently in the wind.

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