I'm one of those people that can't stop thinking about something. So I thought that I would try a little experiment with our helmet to see if I could replicate the lighting in the ESB photo and what it would do to prove or disprove my ideas about what seemed to be gray on the back of the ear piece. Here's what I came up with... Next to the reflective plain metal the silver dusted over the yellow looks very near gray in photos. Because I'm just working with paint I used some chrome silver on the ear piece to represent polished metal. I'm going to leave it as I think it adds a little something to the look of the helmet. Maybe an even more unpainted plain metal look like in the reference photo. For now anyway.