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Jon, the plastic really is no problem. I forget the brand name, but most of the boating suppliers sell the "vinyl paint" in white, in spray cans, so you can repaint vinyl parts and covers on the boat. The cowls are the rubbery/soft plastic, probably a vinyl of some kind, I'm guessing? They are exactly what the paint is made for, they'll clean up nicely, and it isn't terribly expensive.
Vinyl paints are common for cars--they add a plasticizer to regular paint in order to paint plastic bumpers and such on it. And Duplicolor sells it in all sorts of colors, off the shelf, for interior repairs. I'd expect the marine grade to resist UV better, it is designed for outdoor use.
Last edited by hellosailor; 12-28-2007 at 03:23 PM.