I am going to remove my skid plate and paint it myself this weekend. My dealer has not been able to order the black piece. There are some excellent threads on the forum on how to remove the skid plate and prepare for painting. Funny thing, when I show the silver plate on my FJ to other people, they think I am nuts for wanting to paint it black!
you tt's guys who are planning to paint your tow hitch covers, you will need to remove the skid plate as well. it's not very heavy, but add's some extra time into the picture, if your planning on painting the whole cover.