It is not painted black. It is a beautiful stained wood color. I don't know my woods, but it looks like it would be zone IV in darkness and deep brown. No red in the color.
Donald, I am still considering the 8x20. The seneca isn't for me...I just saw it today and thought someone here might be interested. The store i went into is off the beaten track. It's in the valley (LA area), not the big ones like samy's or calumet. I have been looknig for a green safelight for weeks and they had THREE. And all kinds of cool odds and ends that APUGGERS would appreciate.