Answered: Painting Parts that Interact with Game Objects

Last year at the world championship, I remember (I may be incorrect however) that some teams were asked to change out painted parts that touched game objects or field parts for non-painted parts. I believe this included things such as wheels, rollers, tank tread trays, etc. I know the rule book states that painting is a legal non-functional modification and I see nothing regarding things that touch game objects. Would it be legal to paint any part that came in contact with a game object, assuming that the painting of the part does “not affect the robot performance in any significant way or affect the outcome of the match”? Are there any exceptions? Thanks in advance.

Painting is a legal nonfunctional decoration, whether or not the painted surface contacts Scoring Objects.