Today I decided to paint the checkerplate on my truck from bare aluminum to black to match the rest of the truck. Now's it's all black and green. No silver/aluminum in sight.
The best part was when I removed the driver's side rear corner protector. Underneath it I found a history of my truck from the time I put that plate on in mid '04 until now. Good times all of them. That sand storm at Padre Island National Seashore in late '05 was brutal, that's for sure.
I couldn't bring myself to clean it off so after painting I gingerly replaced the panel without disturbing the history.
I'll let the plate sit for a few more years and remove it just to see what it's collected.