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vink posted 10-09-2006 10:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for vink   Send Email to vink  
Has anyone had a problem with decals peeling off their Mercury outboards? On my 2003 Mercury 60 HP EFI the decals on both sides of the cowling began to peel off sarting on the rear of the of the engine. My dealer called Mercury and
they sent a new set of decals to be installed on the cowling and the dealer will install them sometime this week.
HuronBob posted 10-10-2006 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    

You missed an opportunity. Had you told Merc that the engine was coming loose from between the decals, they might have sent a new engine to place between the old decals.

That said... I've had no problems with the decals on my 2004 40 hp, and the engine is in the sun and weather and uncovered all summer.

David Pendleton posted 10-10-2006 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Dang Bob, that's funny.
rtk posted 10-10-2006 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
I just noticed yesterday that the decals on the back of the engine cover are starting to peel. 2003 Mercury 250 EFI.

I may just peel them off anyway. I like the look of the new Mercury motors. Maybe I can get the new style decals from my dealer.


Buckda posted 10-10-2006 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Does Carbon Monoxide or another emission gas have an adverse effect on decal adhesive? I'm wondering if the buildup of these gasses when underway or idling are the cause of this? Seems weird to me. My 1986 Merc had "a lot" of emissions (smoke) and the decals were hanging on just fine when I sold her last year for the Evinrudes.

So far (knock on wood) the Decals on my motors seem to be fine.

Is there any opportunity for docklines, etc to rub against your outboard when moored (or anything else when on the trailer, parked, etc)?


Barney posted 10-10-2006 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Mine are gone, from my Mercury 2004 90 4-stroke. Curled up in 2 years and I pulled them off. Black outboard, very hot summer and very large decals mean trouble. The newest Mercury outboards have much smaller decals. Jim
Jim D posted 10-12-2006 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim D  Send Email to Jim D     
Hats off to your dealer for calling Mercury on your 2003 Whaler. I guarantee my dealer would have told me the boat is a 2003 and is off warranty and would have walked away.

Jim D.

frontier posted 10-12-2006 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
Hold Mercury accountable. Poor quality is unacceptable whether it's decals or a gearbox problem. The decals on my 1973 Mercury 4 HP still look great after 33 years.
WT posted 10-13-2006 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Some of my decals on my 2004 Mercury 4 stroke have curled up so I pulled them off.

I bet E-TEC decals don't peel off. :-)


Barney posted 10-14-2006 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
I bought some decals on E-Bay for $25. They are ok.

Probably better just all black tho. Keeps people guessing, 225 HP cowling on a 17 foot boat. Stay away from him!

Draftmanswife posted 10-20-2006 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Back in 2003-2004, Avery put out vinyl that was recalled. The adheasive was not sprayed evenly therefore causing peeling or 'shrinking'. It is likly that the printed decals on your Mercury's were printed on this vinyl. Emissions or carbon buildup won't make them peel either, but good reach Duck.
I'm sure that Mercury is aware of the problem, as many in the industry such as I and Plotman. It's nice of Mercury to send you a new set. Kudo's to the dealer.
And Barney, everyone knows what those black anchors are, no need for decals:) Just kiddin'
handn posted 10-21-2006 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
The only problem I have had with my YamaMerc 225 efi 4-strokes are peeling decals. It looks like Mercury counted one bean too many.
Royboy posted 10-29-2006 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
"Black Max" (who is that guy supposed to be anyway?)is gradually sliding down the face of my 135 Optimax. I'll eventualy get around to peeling him off, and removing the goop he leaves behind.

I think the problem lies in the fact that 33 years ago, nobody really cared all that much what was in the adhesives used on the decals. Nowadays, there are a host of very useful but dangerous chemicals that are taboo in Americam products.


Barney posted 10-30-2006 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Quote from Draftmanswife: And Barney, everyone knows what those black anchors are, no need for decals.

Thanks for the input. Darn I was hope'n. Well, no more picking on bass boats for a drag race on the Seaway.;) Jim

Draftmanswife posted 11-09-2006 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Huh? Did I miss something?
Barney posted 11-09-2006 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Sorry, I was refering to the outboard sized like a 225 HP with no decals, on a 17 foot boat...looking for race. A joke..
dogface posted 11-17-2006 07:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for dogface  Send Email to dogface     
The decals curled off my 2 225s a year ago they are 01 engines. I think about getting new decals but I sort of like the look without them.

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