i thought my wheels were clear coated when i bought them, and was told they are not! just hella chiney! i sprayed some brand x clear on my "stainless steel" steering shaft about 6 months ago after it started rusting and i removed the rust, and so far no more rust, and as you might remember i had no hood on for the whole time. however there is nothing rubbing against it. if it's a bike part use powder coating (ala mr. guru above) if your foot or leg is going to be next to it rubbing the paint off. or if gas can spill on it taking it right off.