They sure are pretty but just because of what you say. Mine are slingshot yellow and came with the truck but I am afraid to scratch them so I have a custom made Lloyds rear carpet in the back area so you don't see them. For bragging rights and upping the sale price I guess.
Very nice look, but it appears that it would convert the bed to pretty much exclusive "show truck" status. Kinda looks like sliding anything in the bed from coolers to golf bags, etc. etc. would quickly scratch up those strips.
I have the same concern for my wooden slats. So I used a Simple-Engineering fender gripper as a slat protector when it isn't utilized as a real fender gripper which is most of the time. I had to store it somewhere, so why not?They look great! I Love mine! Like Auggie, I also have one of the Lloyd's mats protecting my shiny slats also!