I have not disappeared just waiting to find time to paint them. Yes, paint them. On my previous car, 08 STI, which also came with all white rear lights I also painted with success. There has been tons of STI owners who have trial and errored it before I tried. They look pretty sweet. I am not sure the pre-08 tails would look right on a 09? I want them to be a darker red. I am currently waiting on a TurboX rear spoiler first to see if that helps the rear end.