Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

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Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dannynagasaki » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:03 pm

The description below was taken from "oldmercs.com". Does anyone have a picture of an original  "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" with painted sides as what is described? They claim that the sides of the cowl were painted as opposed to the usual brushed aluminum. Thanks..

"Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" (pictured above) *Note: The factory illustration shown above is slightly inaccurate. The sides of the front cover/handle and the lowermost panel of the side cowls were painted rather than aluminum color. Early models used a different midsection design like in the factory illustration.
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby chuckw » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:04 pm

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My 1955 mk 25 is original and the cowl is not painted by the "Mercury" logo. Also it has smooth dyna float covers. (no logo)
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby Kiekhaefer » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:07 pm

'55 25E. All original and untouched.
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dannynagasaki » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:02 pm

Thanks Chuck and John. Both of your motors are original '55's and both have the lower cowl painted as described but the sides and handle area are brushed aluminum and not painted. Thanks for providing the pictures, this is the route I will go.
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby ctpdsr » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:47 pm

If you look at the artist rendition on the right side of the oldmercs page, it shows just the lower 1 inch of the side cowl unpainted. There is a natural "step" in the casting there. The rest of the cowl is painted. Same deal with the face plate - just the sides are aluminum in color. I kinda like that look, but it is not uncommon for artist renditions to vary from actual production. Ever seen an early MK50 ad? Shows a fancy Mercury decal on the side wrap...


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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dave bernard » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:49 am

If you look the SIDES of the faceplate are painted , the front is brushed aluminum.
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby Dave Mckinney » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:42 am

1955 mark 25 E original paint the starter side was painted dull aluminum the other side was sanded and the lightning bolt was sanded.
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby Kiekhaefer » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:40 am

Dave Mckinney wrote:1955 mark 25 E original paint the starter side was painted dull aluminum the other side was sanded and the lightning bolt was sanded.


This is true.
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dannynagasaki » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:50 pm

Would that mean then that when you remove the face plate, and looking directly at the front, (both sides of the cowl coming together)you would be looking at a painted dull aluminum surface on the port starter side and a sanded brushed aluminum surface on the other?
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby Kiekhaefer » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:59 pm

Yes Danny on the 25e that’s what you’d see. On the regular 25 it’s brushed aluminum on both sides
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dannynagasaki » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:00 pm

Just noticed enlarging the images exposes the graininess of the sanded side. Quite surprising that they actually sanded one side of the cowl and painted the other.  [violin.gif]
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby Kiekhaefer » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:28 pm

Yeah, When my brother and I picked his first 25E up, we had a very close inspection of it. At the time we didn't know if it was painted on the one side or not. We also had thought at the time that they had cleared over the painted part of the silver on that side because of a yellowing. All of his 25Es have this. I think it's just paint. It's neat how closely the dull aluminum paint looks like actual cast aluminum. Hard to tell the difference sometimes.
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dannynagasaki » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:07 pm

Yes, it is hard to tell, the colours are so close, just the texture is a bit different. I don't have the luxury of the electric start on my motor so brushed aluminum on both sides it is.. Never had a close up look at a 25E cowl, it's a really cool looking motor with the electric detail on the side of the starter cover like that and the key switch where it is. Like all Mercs of that period, quite advanced in design for it's time..
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dave bernard » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:33 am

I just looked at my 56 25E and both sides are brushed aluminum not painted.
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dannynagasaki » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:57 am

LOL!! With Mercury changing on the fly every few months, they were probably way too busy in assembly... if it was complete, it was good!!  [helpsos.gif] LOL!!
Just kidding...
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby 1500J » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:54 pm

Were dealers set up to add a starter and cowl and all the bits to make a MK 25 into a MK25E back in the day from an existing stock if they needed to?  Or upgrade a customers motor?  If that was happening it would make sense why the cowlings did not match paint wise on some motors.

This is outside my normal interest so bear with me.

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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby Kiekhaefer » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:13 pm

dannynagasaki wrote:Just noticed enlarging the images exposes the graininess of the sanded side. Quite surprising that they actually sanded one side of the cowl and painted the other.  [violin.gif]


Not really if you think about how they sanded the cowls using a very large shop belt sander. The starter would’ve been in the way. Easier to just mask and paint it but sand the Z
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby Kiekhaefer » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:51 pm

dave bernard wrote:I just looked at my 56 25E and both sides are brushed aluminum not painted.


I had my brother look at his 56 25E port side cowls. He said the 56 was sanded vertically most likely to get around the starter.... as opposed to horizontally like the starboard side.
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dannynagasaki » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:14 am

That would make sense particularly with mass production...horizontal around the starter would be challenging. So no paint?
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Re: Original "Mercury Green" and "Dull Aluminum" MK 25

Postby dave bernard » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:44 am

Just rechecked mine. with my eyes I needed a magnifier to see it and it is vertical on the starter side also.
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