Re: What do you think?
I went with the poor mans route, I powder coated them. I ran into a problem with the shift linkage, the boot on the ball joint can't take the heat process, so I went with flat black rustoleum engine paint (I didn't know how much heat they get) from Wal mart on the linkage. I lucked out it all matched perfectly, all for under 50 bucks. Passenger sets also, which never were installed.
Only problem is at about 8 thousand miles the heal guards had spots wear through where the boots rub on them. This winter the powder coater says he can put an other coat on the guards and put a clear coat on top of it all that he says should last forever, but will have a bit of a glossy look.
On a side note, the powder coater has been trying to talk me into getting this "speckled" finish done. I pick a base color then a second color or even a metallic color "looks like colored glitter" speckled in it. It looks absolutely awesome but the whole reason I coated them is so they didn't stand out so I don't think I am going to do it, but every time I see it my wheels come to mind.