Great minds think alike.
Looks like it's powder coated...and I dig it. Rather than trying to remove ALL of it, I suggest you remove PORTIONS of it, in a pattern, perhaps...or possibly in rings. I'd probably just leave it as-is...if for no other reason than I wouldn't want to ruin it.- The entire thing is metal, but the main body is covered with something black, either anodized or baked on, I dont know. It has some texture but overall it's pretty smooth. I think I'll keep it, but might it be worth trying some oven cleaner to see if it will come off? I think it would be flat silver underneath, so I'll probably leave it. Also thought about scuffing it all up with some sandpaper so the control details stand out from the black a bit more. It's already going to have to a bit weathered since the clamp and emitter has some rust.
Some polished metal grips would be awesome...would match the emitter. Something like the Mara Jade saber (though I wouldn't put them as close together cuz I'd want the black to show in between them)?- Grips: This is where the above point causes issues. Since the entire body is black, I'm not sure what to do with grips. T-track is black, and I'm not sure how good that might look on this. I like the reversed colors, so maybe use some silver aluminum bracket type grips riveted on?