As always thanks John, I had never heard/knew of that, and obviously never saw it before. It dosen't look as if the whole rod was painted, just the end cap, but I know GM wouldn't go through the trouble of just painting the end caps. Maybe it just stuck better there because it was fresh raw steel-or the inital greasing preserved it?? I haven't touched them since I wanted to wait for a response. I'll get back on them tonight to see if there's any paint under the grease on the cast part.
Sure would be easier if black was acceptable for judging!!!