Sounds to me like CHEAP material was used for the decals, where they did not use UV-resistat/proof vinyl.I've bought two sets of stickers off Ebay for my 150 Merc Saltwater and they both peeled within a few years. Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong, Dale? I clean the cowl real good, polish it as best I can, then use alcohol before application.
Sounds to me like CHEAP material was used for the decals, where they did not use UV-resistat/proof vinyl.
I also use acetone to prep the area. And now use canvas motor covers on all my OB hoods/coalings.
Here's some tips from Pappy, where he 'clear coats' over decals - see: Repainting cowlings
No problems there ... it sure won't be as pretty if it said 'Mercury', and may not survive trailering due to the loose fit (unless sercured with bungees) but Attwood Marine sells 'generic' OB motor covers out of heavy-duty canvas that fit sizes. I was them every season, to clena off salt spray (boats are on moorings) then spray with a UV-treatment and I get quite a few years out of them.That could be, although I seem to remember they were very similar to the price and layout to what is offered here.
I wish I could find an outboard cover for my 2004 Merc 150, but I haven't been successful yet.