The covers protect the surface of a car when spray painting part of the bodywork. They are made as separate panels which can be applied and removed as necessary. The panels (2 to 6) are tailored to suit different makes of vehicles. Each is made from a coated fabric and held on the bodywork by permanent magnets (1). These are located along the edges of the panels and enable it to be pulled tight. The material may also have an inner lining of glass wool and be made from a fire resistant material.