I did not get my mirrors painted. I think there is a way to extract the mirror and power module from the painted hoods, but it involves heating up the glass to soften the holder and I believe that there is some glue that is used to secure the glass. This glue has to be cut through and you run the risk of breaking your mirror in the process. While that may not be a bad thing on the non-heated mirror, you definately would not want to have that happen to your brand new heated mirrors. It is just not an easy process any way you look at it.