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Old 02 May 2011, 16:13   #1
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Buy an engine cover.

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.

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Old 02 May 2011, 23:30   #2
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'It’s happened slowly, so I’ve not noticed quite how bad it’s been getting until recently.'

Is that your hair or the engine cover lol
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Old 03 May 2011, 05:18   #3
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I presume you just put the cover on when its not being used ashore, or can you can get covers that are used when engine in use that lets sufficient air in ?
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Old 03 May 2011, 05:30   #4
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Very interesting post,
Only yesterday I was on the OCA site and had gone through the whole process of ordering a cover for a 2002 yam 150. I could not bring myself to pull the trigger on a 175 sterling purchase.
It seems like an inordinate sum of money to spend on a fabric cover given the vintage/value of the engine...
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Old 03 May 2011, 08:19   #5
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If you decide to paint it, there is a company in the US called Replicals, I believe. They make Replica Decals.

About USD 90 a set.

You can apply a clear lacquer over the decals which should prevent the UV degradation in future.
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It seems like an inordinate sum of money to spend on a fabric cover given the vintage/value of the engine...

Yes I agree.
However Iíve priced up a full set of graphics from Suzuki for the engine, and If I buy a FULL set they are @$400, and thatís before painting.
So if you are thinking of keeping the engine it would appear worth while. Although Iíd only be looking at a £50 cover.

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Old 08 May 2011, 18:37   #7
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Does anyone have any experience of any of the following:

Outboard Motor boat Cover for up to 250-300 hp engines on eBay (end time 09-May-11 22:32:38 BST)
The same people who supply the ĎEbay Blue Coversí.

Outboard Motor Boat Engine Cover 150-300 HP Size7 Royal on eBay (end time 19-May-11 02:41:27 BST)
Currently my choice.

Outboard Motor Boat Cover Powerboat Engine Covers Large: Amazon.co.uk: Garden & Outdoors

Particularly interested in method of securing, material quality etc.

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The 1st one is the same material as the ebay cover. I've got one. It's not quite breathable enough. Drawstring round the entrance.
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How about using UV protecting wax as in car wax? I go over mine a few times a year with one wax or anther normally 303 when doing the tubes! Not going to be as effective as a cover but it must help!
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Old 09 May 2011, 16:27   #10
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I think you are right Nick, it must help.

I'm feeling a bit daft that I didn't look after the paintwork better over the last few years, but you can be sure I'll be doing it from now on.

Need to make my mind up which cover to go for this evening, so will have a better look at those on ebay etc.

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