So this customer brings in a Colt 1911. First I ran the serial number for two bits of info; was it stolen and when was it made. No and 1947. It had a cerokote job on it that was so bad it looked like paint. Including orange peel in a couple of spots. Some parts had been changed (barrel bushing, safety and slide release). I asked him why and he said the bluing was bad and so he called around and got the cheapest quote on coating the gun and he'd tossed the original parts. He thought it was worth more with the modifications. If they'd been done in 1948 or so when the gun was contemporary, I could understand it. but why take a fine 65+ year old gun (he had the mods done only a couple of years ago) and just lower the collector value. It wasn't a collector's piece in the late 40's, but to take a fine vintage gun and just..... Ugh.