Here you go. Shows all levels of operation. When it is folded all the way up, it has 2 rods that will hold it in place while you drive(done it many times). As far as painting is cocerned, I would say no. I included some pictures of rubber seals that are in the middle of each individual section as well as a rubber seal that is on each side. To do it right, I believe you would have to dismantle the whole thing
They must paint the cover black before any other parts are added.