Last year I spent some time and effort cleaning all of the grease and grime off of the steering column and shift linkage, as well as the steering box.
Today I finally got around to painting those parts black. I wasn’t able to find a small can of semi-gloss paint, so I made my own by mixing equal parts of Rustoleum oil-based Stops Rust paint gloss black and flat black. I mixed the two sheens of black together in a cup, stirring them very thoroughly.
Then I just used a foam brush to apply the paint, starting at the bottom with the steering box and working my way up.
At the top where the column shift linkage is located there are a lot of moving parts, so I was careful to paint as many surfaces as I could access, turning the steering wheel and adjusting the shifter to reveal unpainted surfaces so I could paint them.
When I was finished the columns looked much better.