I had the front cowl and pipe guard painted by Scotty at Screwy Designs (the guy you read about that does helmets for racers around the planet), but any good body shop could do it. I had him put a layer of chipguard under the clearcoat for protection, but it really started to get scuffed before I got the FFE glued on. I love 'em. Honda should have sent the 1800s out of the factory finished that way IMHO.Where did you get cowl painted? What backrest and are you happy with both?