Hi. New Guy. My name is Chip Sprague and I'm an electronicaholic. I have a problem. Black Threaded Rod is hard to come by. I'm building a three section HT rack and coffee/end tables to match. I need 8x36" pieces 4x22" and 4x16" threaded rod. I'm about to give in and go stainless and darker wood than Black and lighter wood as I had initially intended. The only options for black I've found are Black Oxidized, which I pretty much have to order online because none of the supply houses in Nashville seem to carry it. The downside here is that I've read you have to keep it oiled or it corrodes. I'm not big on the idea of having to oil my living room furniture. There is some kind of aluminum that costs 3x as much, but I'm already looking at $260 in Black Oxidized. The third option is to paint it but I fear that isn't really all that great sounding either as the point of this is to build sturdy stuff that will last for a decade or longer and I have reason to believe paint will chip off in that time. So, I was told this would be the place to figure out what to do. What do you suggest?