Originally, the upper contol arms, dogbones, bolts and bushings were painted black as an assembly. Instead, many paint the dogbones Cast Blast/natural and leave the bushings and bolts unpainted.
I've never seen an unrestored car with the above components painted as you stated above. The pictures posted of those items painted looks like they've been spray canned at some point.
Steve, you have never seen a survivor with paint on the dog bone or washers?
Agree the picture in reference by Scott was not good as that was a survivor at last years Camaro Nationals. Car is a great one but that area looks like it sure was hit later on.
My amount of cars reviewed is small compared to yours yet I've seen many with black paint remnants.