Interesting to note both clutch and brake pedal brackets where the rubber pedal cover goes on were black yet the opposite end where is assembles in the main housing had a few inches of no paint coverage. The center shaft that assembles those two shafts in the main housing is also bare metal. Hope that helps! If you had paint on yours then go with it.
That's correct - the pedals were painted by the supplier, and the top 2"-3" or so were left bare to accept the nylon bushings, pivot shaft, and lube.