–reply by Neil goeppinger 1/26/05
You can always paint over it, in which case when it chips, it will show silver. If you want to “do it right”, disassemble the bell and parts, have them sand blasted (your bell is steel not bronze so it won’t hurt it) then paint it with a good quality metal primer followed by a good quality metal top coat paint. Black was original for most iron and steel bells, but you can use any color you want. — Neil