I scratched mine two weeks ago, and when I checked the Pioneer website, the bezel was available. Might just be a temporary shortage. Keep an eye on it.
Oh, and if you do replace it, I would be curious as to
1) the condition of the replacement bezel (how was it shipped, was it in perfect condition, etc)
2) how hard it was to get the old one off and how difficult it was to put the new one on correctly
Not sure if you tried Novus Scratch Remover but it's pretty damn good. I've been using it and it will take out minor scratches. I'm finding just a bit of haziness after using and if i had a small orbital buffer I bet I could get any bezel shiny and new. Not sure if anybody makes a small orbital buffer that has a speed control. Must search.
Gees, for the price of that replacement bezel you may be better off just buying a broken unit on ebay. If you get one that just has a cracked scren you will have a replacment bezel along with a ton of extra spare parts on hand.
I have seen some very find painting and other decorating work done on bezels. It's not common, but some of the work is beautiful. From a strictly purest professional TV broadcast rule the bezels should be matte black.
Picture frames positioned over the bezel and frames with art that drop down in front of the panel are another option.
Ah Krylon, one of my faves. The most versatile of all Krylon colors, speaking of matte black, was "semi-flat black", usable on many automotive engine compartment and chassis components. And of course on MDF when you want the speaker enclosure less obtrusive. I think their line now includes "satin black" which is somewhat glossier than the old "semi-flat". Both come off quite dressy though I think.
James, I think the white sandable primer as pictured would have a nice matte finish but be susceptible to fingerprints in the wild, no?
Sorry to carry on so, but this conversation is definitely giving me bezel ideas
OK so I decided to really tackle the scratches on the bezel and the only way I know how to remove scratches is with an orbital polisher. So I got out my small Turtle Wax polisher and the Novus 2 and went at the bezel with a microfiber cloth on the polisher. It looks better than when I first got the unit! Yes i was a bit nervous but the bezel on the 111 is so far above the screen it's really not that difficult to do. So if you have the guts give it a shot. Unless the scratches you have are really deep then you may find yourself with a shiny new bezel on the cheap.