The two images below show why we should buy a cover to protect our outboard hoods from the effects of the sun and other weather.
The engine is my 1998 Suzuki DT200EFI.
The first image is as I brought it @6yrs ago.
As you can see the original paint is still vibrant, the Black is Black, the text and Vignette stripe are a good rich gold, and the Red highlight is nice and bright.
The second image was taken today.
The paint is now very flat and dull, the Black is now Grey, the text and stripe are bleached back to White, and the Red highlight doesnít even exist.
Plus what canít be seen is the top of the hood completely missing a large patch of paint. Mrs Nasher says itís come out in sympathy with the top of my head.
Itís happened slowly, so Iíve not noticed quite how bad itís been getting until recently.
Iím going to be refurbishing the hood very soon, and will be putting a cover on it ASAP afterwards.