On two 9000s so far I've done this. Used a wire brush on the spring and cone-shaped latch pin that comes down from the hood, also on the rod on the latch works that bolts up from below.
You should mark position with strips of masking tape before loosening yours, if they are latching properly now. Once loosened they swim around and need to be located exactly centered below the cone-shaped pin when tightened back down.
I just painted with silver spray paint. It chafes away at the place where the spring coil sits and will eventually rust again but can look pretty good for a long time.
Lube the cone tip just a bit with some clinging grease, and what I call the rod, that gets pulled back by the release cable, where it contacts the cone.
I even pulled the latch pins from the hood, and coil springs and the big washer, and wire brushed and sprayed them. Watch where they're threaded to if you pull them, then reinstall at same length.
Silver flakes off for a while and at first it looks almost too flashy but dulls down.
Junkyard cars can be good donors, even much older 9000s can have less rust there from what I've seen. But the latch works themselves may want to stay with original car - - it's hard to get setscrewed stop balls off cable to remove them.
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