The armrest is an OEM Ford black piece, not painted or dyed. I bought it off ebay for $85.00 and when I got it it was cracked in two places. I t is cracked up the side, but if the seat is in the up right position it will not be seen, the second crack is right under the ashtray. I have glued both cracks and it is holding up. The only reason I am getting rid of it is because I bought another armrest because I am trying to build a nice show car. This piece is still a good piece to go in a daily driver. I would like to try and get back some of my money that I spent on it. I can get pics of it so if your interested just let me know.