The factory ones do have that foam padding and are more square than round. Mine is aftermarket from what I can tell and round. I’m going to get a quote to powder coat it next week but I’m thinking if I put it back on I will shoot it with an oil based enamel paint.Hmmmmm.....I shall avoid Floridian powder coaters then.
I have been having large and small metal parts on various boats polyester powder coated for 40 years, and have to say it will outlast a good 2 part polyurethane by about 3 times.
What has me puzzled however, is the fact that all of the factory brush guards I have ever seen are covered in a semi hard foam material. I know there is a steel frame beneath, but it will look nothing like the moulded covering once sandblasted off. maybe it looks ok "naked"?
I was actually considering having a thin coat of flexible bed liner material sprayed on to one of mine that is looking a bit tired.
I also note that the oldest guard I have which is off a 96 still looks good, while the one on the 02 has degraded significantly. They went with a much cheaper covering material sometime in the production run. Cheapskates!