They are clear coated aluminum, so you don't even have to paint them if you don't want to. I see that you are from San Diego so unless you live right on the coast you shouldn't have a problem.tdimasi said:Getting ready to send mine in for paint. I'm a little concerned about painting the metal "grills" in the scoops in that you can't really prime them correctly (you can only get at the front side). Has anyone cut them out? Anyone see any reason not to?