My old Pearl T-Bird had that gold crap. And when the gold started fading away there was no chrome under it. It was just bare. You could either find some chrome ones or just paint them. They won't be chrome, but they will look better than the gold.
I just replaced all the gold peices with chrome peices. Looked much better IMO.
Sold - 1997 Ford Thunderbird 4.6 Sport - Full bolt on, PI stuff, gears, converter, exhaust, full suspension & many other things.