How to Paint an Outboard Motor
Outboard engines face adverse conditions out on the water, and if you’re rebuilding yours, a fresh coat of paint is a fantastic finishing touch.
Painting an outboard is a simple job, but it does require a bit of patience. Watch the video above and follow the steps below to learn how to paint an outboard engine.
Repainting an Outboard Motor Steps
Step 1. Use masking tape on all the openings inside the motor, and trim the edges down precisely with a sharp hobby knife. Cover in bolt holes, moving parts and electrical connections.
Step 2. Prime the surface by keeping the can of primer moving while applying a light, even coat, not settling into one spot.
Step 3. Wait 24 hours for the primer to dry thoroughly before adding the paint.
Step 4. Apply the paint the same way as the primer, keeping the can moving while spraying a light coat. Wait at least three hours for the paint to dry, then check to see if you need a second coat.
Apply one last coat if needed to finish it up. When you’re done, wait 24 hours before you start bolting on parts so that the motor has had plenty of time to dry.
Aside from painting your outboard, a set of new decals will also improve the look of the motor. Watch the video below to see how to remove and replace decals on a Mercury outboard.