I don't think it's painted. Its extremely smooth, appears to be some type of anodized finish possibly. It does look like a bead blasted type of finish. Not sure about the colored ones, never seen them in person. For a non shiny finish, mine liked fingerprints though. Not sure how scratch resistant it will be long term, but looks like a nice finish out of the box. If USPS tracking is right, I'll have mine back tomorrow. Can't wait.