Well, you can go either way depending on your tastes and what you have in the budget. On the high end many here use the silver hamertone powder coat for an awesome long lasting finish. Others have used the cheaper Rustoleum Sliver hamertone in a rattle can for a durable finish then again you can always just clean it up with a little CLR and elbow grease. Like I said it all depends on your taste and budget. If its a keeper then I would go with what YOU will be happy with.