Just curious about something. . . . when I was inventorying my kit, I noticed that the rudder pedal assembly was bare steel. . . no powder-coating. Since then, I've seen photos of others, and their rudder pedal assembly is definitely powder-coated, and some of them have painted them to match an interior color.
My brake pedals are even powder-coated. . . just not my rudder assembly. Can anyone think of a reason for this, or was it simply an oversight? It's no biggie. . . I can certainly put epoxy primer and paint it. . . just don't know why it wasn't.
The pedal assembly parts are unpainted because they need to be "massaged" to get them moving freely, and you need to position them properly before painting. Here's the quote from the manual, section 1, page 12:
"The bottom tube will have to be trimmed in length to fit and some massaging may be necessary to achieve a smooth operation. Once located and all bolts will go in and operation is smooth move pedals to the most forward position they will go and drill through the two oil holes in the inner two bushings with a #40 bit. Place two of the 3/32" rivets in these holes. This will hold the bushings in the correct place while painting. After painting remove rivets."
Powder coating them works. I prepped mine as suggested, but I drilled oil holes in the outer bushings as well (and added the rivets there). I sent them off to a local powder coater. After removing the rivets, the parts all came loose with just a bit of strong-arming, and with no damage to the paint.