There is a carbon fiber version, but mine's plastic. That sounds like some pretty solid advice though. I was thinking more along the lines of if I were to paint it, I'd use a can of spray paint (for plastic?) and make it a satin or flat color so it sort of matches the other exterior trim. Fiberglass is a whole different beast and I didn't want to deal with hardcore painting, cracking, etc. I know any lip will get scuffed up here and there, so I opted for a less expensive more flexible one. It didn't come with instructions or anything, just a bare naked plastic lip and a bag of mounting hardware. Right now, I'm sort of leaning toward putting it on unpainted and seeing how it looks, holds up to the weather, and how many times it gets hit/scratched and then maybe lightly sanding and painting it if I have to. But I dunno.. anybody out there with an STi V-Limited replica front lip wanna tell me what you did with yours?