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Old 09-14-2011, 06:03 PM
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Default Painted Outboards- Cool or not cool?

Considering painting my outboards. I've seen some really nice center consoles with painted outboards (white in my case) and it's starting to grow on me. I'm not sure if it's just me admiring the whole rig. Whats your opinion?

proffessional paintwork (not spray paint). If painted.. would you ad the origional manufacturers graphics back on?

What are your thoughts.

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I never see any reason to advertise for some company unless their paying you, paint em up, no decals.
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Its ur boat if u like it do it. Def gives it a custom look and surprisingly not terribly expensive. The graphics will probably be the same amount as the paint. I would maybe do a different font color etc
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There's a boat down here in Boca with either twin or trip Yamahas, either 300's or 350's. HP doesn't matter, what matters is they're painted high gloss white with metallic electric blue decals and those motors are way cooler looking than their stock counterparts. If done professionally, I think painting motors looks sharp.
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tastefully done decals that play on the original design seem best to me

sometimes poorly executed decals or engines with no decals at all just look odd to me
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Don't forget resale value. It will take a special buyer with tastes similar to your's to like what you are thinking about doing.

I see a lot of boats for sale that are a non-standard color that the owner wanted, and their boat has been on the market for an inordinately long period of time because it will take a special buyer to want to buy the color the original owner liked. A classic example of what I am talking about is a big popular brand center console that has been for sale on this website for a year now. It is trimmed in a color not too many people would want, but more importantly it is a relatively new boat that for some strange reason has 2-stroke outboards. My guess is the original owner thought he would get more speed with 2-strokes than 4-strokes, but my point is that there are not too many buyers who would buy a big new expensive boat today with the 2-stroke outboards, which is likely the reason the owner can not sell this boat.
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Here's a Yam I did with PPG on the cowling and custom decals
with green to match the boat
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painted ob's are the way to go, looks top notch to match to boat,
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Helly yeah painted looks better! I have a white intrepid with twin zukes painted all white. I dont have decals but personally like them painted to match the boot strip. I bought mine pre-owned but if i was to order it would be a white boat with a grey metallic boot strip with a red pinstrip above the boot and grey decals outlined in red. I think intrepid charges 2500-3000 a motor in imron. I will try to post a pic in the am. Go for it! I think it improves resale and easier to keep clean.
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Really just a matter of opinion but personally, I don't care for it. Looks sort of South Beach to me, especially the white ones. Kind of like white loafers!
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Same thing as a car, if you like it a different color--- do it. Personally though, I think most of all I have seen look like chit. Sorta makes you and the boat look cheap---2nd hand. Sort of like taking a Hummer and painting it all gold. Then again, that works for some people. For me it looks gangsta...thats not my style. Maybe I'm old school. I like whats under the hood, not so much what color it is.
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Paint that thing
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Re painted is very cool.
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I would not do it. I like things (cars, boats, guns motorcycles, etc) kept in original condition. Looks better and in the long run worth more money.
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I did it because dark colored cowls get very hot in the sun. If your activities never involve touching them, it may not be a problem, but I dive more than I fish and the cowls are right next to the boarding ladders. Yamaha was not paying me to advertise, so I used a stripe off wheel and removed the decals and painted them. If a buyer does not like it, I'll repaint them factory color.

Here's the real sacrilege: I went one step farther and even put handles on the cowls to assist climbing the ladders. They work very well, even when loading the boat. The photo is of the Yamahas I had and I've since repowered with Hondas. The Honda cowls promptly got sanded and painted as well as getting the handles. Doing it right requires a basecoat and a catalyzed clear coat.

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show em your garage Kern - and why there is a rug underneath the boat....
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I think the motors look best with their intended colors and some type of graphics.

I painted my old green zukes black and I was not crazy about it.

If I painted my mercs, it would be the same black and I would buy aftermarket graphics to make them look 'right' to me.
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On certain boats it looks right. Big Intrepids (tenders) have them done from the factory. On boats that its not commonly done on, it doesnt look right..........Just my opinion. Looks like they were wrecked or something.
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When I see painted cowls, it always makes me wonder....What happened!!!!

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