thanks I appreciate the advice , I prefer the non painted look tooThe VIN plate is stainless steel and the Fisher body plate is Aluminum/ neither were painted from the factory. The VIN plate was installed after paint by spot welding onto an area that was left unpainted. The cowl plate 'on some cars' (may have been different in various plants?) was installed and then 'crudely masked' during painting. The cowl plate on my late '57 Nomad displayed this with some paint around the periphery of the body plate - which is installed on the firewall behind the engine.