Well figured I'd show a pic of my painted heat shields since no telling how long they will look good. (please excuse battery cover still off). I painted them a few weeks ago with 1200 degree Gloss Black Rustoleum BBQ paint. I lightly sanded them, and painted one coat a day for 4 days. They cured for quite a while since the bike was getting other things done. But I get the feeling this paint is not real durable. I've already got a scuff mark where my boot heal rubs the shield by the rear brake pedal. I'm thinking someday I will take them back off and get them powdered somewhere. They had a few scratches when I bought the bike used and the V&H's color had started to fade a bit. One thing for sure, next time they come off, I'm cutting bout 3/8 inch off the end tip (up next to the header bolts) before I get them powdered. They would go on Sooooo much easier with that 3/8 inch cut out of the way. I scratched these on the passenger pegs trying to maneuver them around the engine jugs. And had to paper off the bike and respray part of them in place.