The racks appear to be just painted from the factory. The paint will scratch off real easy. I was considering having mine Powder Coated. Powder Coating is a lot more durable than paint. You really have to hit it with a hammer to get it to chip, however it will not scratch off like paint does. Powder Coating really looks good as well. I called a local powder coater and he gave me a price of $125.00 to sandblast and coat both front and rear racks. I will probably go this direction on mine.