Re: pedals and custom paint job
I think those Axis pedals look sexy with that finish.
As for the wear & tear they might have... I prefer playing barefoot. Depending on the footwear you're using (if any), the pedals might keep their cosmetics for quite a long time. I would not hesitate to modify stuff in any way that would increase the fun playing/using it. To me it would be pointless to even think about whether the audience would notice e.g. a pedal paint job - if _I_ like it, it's ok and I'd do it, for the sake of feeling rewarded afterwards. (Have been modding my instruments - guitars - and equipment for many years and regret nothing.)