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skred posted 07-19-2002 12:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for skred   Send Email to skred  
My 70 Yam has the SS propeller that came originally in flat black finish. It has (since it's a 1985) now aged to a mottled, goldish/blackish appearance. I suspect the rough finish detracts a bit from performance. I want to take it off and buff it out to a normal stainless finish. Is there any difference in this prop and the one Yamaha offered in bright stainless. If it's just less buffing and/or polishing done at factory, it should buff up to bright, right? Maybe? Hopefully?
Bigshot posted 07-19-2002 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Nope! The old "teflon" coted props ahve a machine finish on them, he polished are polished. it will take a LOT of polishing anfter you sand it smoothe, etc. Paint it black again or send it to General propeller and let them polish it with a machine.
skred posted 07-25-2002 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     

You're right again... Looking closely at the prop, it'd take a LOT of buffing. Thinking about this for a while, black isn't so bad after all....

dfmcintyre posted 07-25-2002 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Skred -

I'll pass along a thought from Walt Steffens, who painted his s/s props black....

Stainless props have a higher rate of theft, then aluminum props....therefore, if you paint your s/s prop black, most guys will assume it's aluminum, and bypass it....

Bigshot posted 07-25-2002 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Until the mid 80's all OMC SS props were black(teflon coated) and all aluminum were white so.........:)

I like the polished props but it does nothing for performance and does attract theives. Looks so PURDY though.

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