When I obtained my Vetter Saddlebags the chrome was in poor shape. It was flaking off and rusty in places. I did my best to remove the loose chrome and rust with a wire brush mounted on a pedestal grinder. I then painted them black. Four months later now and more chrome has flaked off taking taking some black paint with the flakes. They look like crap again. Today while I was working on some electrical stuff I needed a peace of split loom tubing for a wiring harness repair. Suddenly a flash of inspiration hit me in the head. After finishing that job I grabbed a package of black 3/4" split loom tubing and and a sharp knife and headed out to the bike. In just a few minutes I covered those ugly flaking chrome and failing paint job on the luggage bumpers with that split loom tubing. I think it looks pretty good myself. It comes in other colours and even chrome. Here are a couple of pictures of the result.