JMOP You can make it look brand new. But you loose 30 to 40% of it's value. In fact you can make it look much better then new with a good hot blue and full checkering but as I said you loose value by doing that. But I have to tell you I have taken a $150 valued gun at 100% and after redoing it adding checkering and hot blue I was offered and got 2 times it's value because it was one of a kind of that model. You will never get what it would cost YOU to do but sense I do this as a living I can do the work and sell it for a profit.