Got my set of stainless steel today and already had the paint ready to go. I was surprised to see that, as Nickwalt said, a lot of sand was left over by the manufacturing process. I simply used a pin and picked it all out. It was somewhat time consuming but really not a big deal. Once all of the sand is removed they look great just plain metal but I wanted mine to match the sets of Cobalt Chessex dice that I already had so I decided to paint them. I used Xereus Purple and literally applied it with a toothbrush over the whole surface of the dice, I let them dry for a few minutes and wiped off the outer surfaces with a paper towel. The purple was a big lighter than I was hoping but they still turned out amazing. The large set is just about the same size as a standard Chessex set other than the D20, which is quite a bit larger than the Chessex counterpart. They roll very well, especially the d4. Due to the cut corners of the d4, it actually rolls like the rest instead of just landing on one side and sliding across the table like the conventional design does. I also polished the edges (after I took the pictures attached) with a dremel and they shine super bright and contrast the paint exceptionally well. I wouldn't roll them too vigorously on a nice wooden table due to their weight but on plastic tables and other such surfaces they aren't even any louder than regular plastic dice. All in all I am extremely satisfied with the purchase and will likely be back in the future for more, especially considering the fact that Mr. Wombat is coming out with new designs as often as he is. As for the higher-than-100-dollar price tag I would say that even though they are just about 10 times the price of a plastic set, they are at least 10 times the dice.