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Water Romper

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Its winter where I live so thinking of a project to do: What's the verdict painting the cowl on an outboard? Mine is a older 1992 250 Blk Max, all black, decals removed. I understand the paint job its self is subject to opinion just like gel/paint on boats but if done (IMO) done tastefully and matches the flow of the boats graphic scheme, would it be a go?
Pictures would help (might even motivate me to start sooner than later) Thanks
 

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Its winter where I live so thinking of a project to do: What's the verdict painting the cowl on an outboard? Mine is a older 1992 250 Blk Max, all black, decals removed. I understand the paint job its self is subject to opinion just like gel/paint on boats but if done (IMO) done tastefully and matches the flow of the boats graphic scheme, would it be a go?
Pictures would help (might even motivate me to start sooner than later) Thanks
I think its up to you. If its something you like to see then cool. Me personally, I prefer factory decals but maybe have the colors changed to match the boat colors.
 

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Mercury makes different color decals to match boat colors? The original decals on my Merc were ugly brown so they are gone now.
 

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Mercury makes different color decals to match boat colors? The original decals on my Merc were ugly brown so they are gone now.
Check out this website. I have been told he even has the fake leather-like grain decal that Merc used on the Black-maxs back then.

 

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I think it also depends on the overall color scheme of the boat and interior. It’s a rare case that I like painted cowls I would say maybe consider bringing the new style graphics of the new motors to your classic black max.


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Our little 19' Daytona is white and the outboard cowling was painted white by the previous owner. It doesn't look terrible, but if I had my choice, I'd rather it be factory. Just my .02.
 

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YES!! like this, simple, classy makes the boat look "sleek" Thanks for posting
 

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No,I think pulling just the cowl and painting it is tacky. A after thought. Paint the whole motor if you are going to or leave well enough alone. The only time I have ever painted my motor to match my boat was when I painted it camouflage on my duck boat.
 

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I’ve been tossing around the idea of having my cowling painted to match..... I like the way the all white looks on the boat right now though.
 

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Our little 19' Daytona is white and the outboard cowling was painted white by the previous owner. It doesn't look terrible, but if I had my choice, I'd rather it be factory. Just my .02.
Which 19 is yours. Any chance it has blue and pink graphics?
 

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Which 19 is yours. Any chance it has blue and pink graphics?
Hey BM! This was the 19 that Community picked up a few years ago and did a short build thread on here. It was originally white, pink and gray. He had the transom replaced and had it painted all white and painted the trailer gray. It has a 200 Merc on it. Ring a bell??
 
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Hey BM! This was the 19 that Community picked up a few years ago and did a short build thread on here. It was originally white, pink and gray. He had the transom replaced and had it painted all white and painged the trailer gray. It has a 200 Merc on it. Ring a bell??
I remember the boat. My old boat was a 95 with a 2005 2.5 280 short shaft.
 

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Ours is an 89' and has the 200hp on it. I need to change out the midsection for a shorter mid, and get a new prop for it since someone decided they needed our prop more than we did. 🤦‍♂️🤬😁
 
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