Thanks for the replies! I suspected they were plated and not painted, yet paint would have been an easy in-house solution. I've looked at the do-it -yourself plating kits (Caswell) and then wondered, for something like a lengthy oil line, if it would require doing one half and then flipping it over to do the other half. Because with a small kit you wouldn't have enough in the tank to completely submerge the piece.... and then with the cost of a larger quantity in a bigger kit that it simply makes economic sense to send out the parts and let the pros do it. I'm going to play around with some other copper tubing and some solder to see if I can get an even coating of solder on it that replicates a cad finish, but chances are I'll be sending them out!
Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.