I would think a competant smith would be able to retain the numbers even if draw filing to restore the receiver. We'll see what Ford's has to say. As for pretty, I have them and carry them in all weather, with proper cleaning and oiling they stay pretty. I know a red color won't afffect the function but if red were the norm why are factories not using red or parkerizing or nickel/stainless on civilian rifles?
We are accustomed to blued firearms and that is why this posting was started. Thanks for the responses. TomL