As long as the cover is aluminum, I don't see why you couldn't strip it and polish it. Might look pretty nice polished.
Stripped and polished would be a real pain in the ass to keep looking good. There are clear coats for that but it alters the shine or color to some extent.I have the same dilemma please post your results. I’m seriously considering buying one off eBay and having it wrapped. I would much rather find an aluminum painted one strip and polish. I’m just a purist at heart. That’s what I loved about the 2002 and 03rods was the DeLorean look.
If you paint the airbox remove the 2 emblems and the 100th anniversary insignia using a heat gun and some fishing wire. Use 3m VHB double sided tape to stick them back on.Guys what about the anniversary badges and decals? HD want silly money, I cannot justify this expense. Is there a third-party supplier?