Thats bare metal. I was concerned about leaving it that way but the shop has temp and humidity controls. They said they have had projects in bare metal for over six months with no rusting issues.I will ask today who does thier work.
I have seen their finished products and they are very impressive and they have a good reputation. I think part of the reason for their method is they prefer to do some of the metal work prior to primer. They will prep the metal to make sure the surface is rust free and clean before putting any primer on it. I just think it creates more work.
Here is a picture of the finished product compared to the not refurbished one. Big difference but paint is not the way to go. Of course my impatience to let the paint fully cure doesn't help but you really need to plate these if your going to do it right. I have other parts like the hood and deck latches I think I will get plated so if I do I think I will do the same with these and other misc parts.So in the end all my time spent was for educational purposes only. But I like tearing things apart to figure out how they work and putting them back together.Sorry if this was boring thread. But after all the time spent I really needed to vent.If anyone ever has any questions or needs help on your seatbelt retractors give me a shout.
On a secondary note.The current plan is to have them fix the pans. The estimate was reasonable. They are good sheet metal guys and I have faith they would do a good job.I orginally was going to do this myself with the help of someone who can weld. Jay Butz offered to help but I really did not want to bother him. He has his own stuff to work on.I am having second thoughts on having them do it because I really want to do as much as I can myself to restore the car. If I can find someone willing to help me that can weld I would reconsider.