I've started lusting after blued 1911s, and I like how they can develop a nice patina. I had wanted to get a Dan Wesson Valor Blue when they were out, but didn't get one before they discontinued and pretty much dried up. I did find a new Valor Blue 9mm, but for $1750 which kind of detracts from the idea for me since I could have had one for quite a bit less had I jumped earlier. (Is $1750 overpriced for a NIB 9mm Valor Blue?) So I just won a Hillsdale 5" 9mm that has some scratches which don't strike me as being of the desirable patina type, and I was thinking if it bothered me enough I could have it reblued so I could start fresh. I was wondering, would Baer do any cleaning or polishing as part of the $160 rebluing process? Or is it some sort of a basic stripping and/or bead blasting and then bluing? The impression I get is that Baer's bluing is kind of functional and not as beautiful/deep as it could be, like old Colts for example. Perhaps I could polish the flats and scratches and such before sending it to be reblued. On the bright side the blemishes will let me relax a bit about possibly making any new ones and it adds a bit of workhorse/tool kind of character. So I'm basically wondering if rebluing is something that would make the gun look "like new," or is it more of a functional thing and any light scratches in the old finish would still be visible (just in blue)? Is "rebluing" equivalent to "refinishing," which to me definitely connotes an aesthetic-focus. Another option could be to have it hard chromed. I understand some say the Hillsdales are potentially better built and since they are of limited quantity they can be desirable and even command a premium sometimes. Would having a Hillsdale either reblued or hard chromed reduce its desirability or value?