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Old 01-02-2020, 04:00 AM   #1
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Repaint the Bel Air?

So I got the micro 9 Bel Air as a gift from my dad and man is it hideous! Won't get close to the money it's worth trading it to my local store. Also don't wanna break his heart by getting rid of it. Love the micro 9 action and the chrome slide but I can't even look at it with the frame being that color. How bad am I devaluing it if I get it painted? Think it will ever be a collectible?
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Old 01-02-2020, 04:16 AM   #3
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I don't think that you will lose that much trading it in. welcome to the forum from NY...
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Get one of your friends, who thinks it is 'the best thing', to buy it from you for what it's worth, and then go buy what you want.
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Welcome to the forum Gianna, how about stopping by our "New Member Introduction" sub forum and introducing yourself to the membership.
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:03 AM   #6
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Repaint it! Yikes, I love that little pistol! I almost bought one at Cabela's!
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:21 AM   #7
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If it’s a gift from your father you’ll probably never sell it, so who cares about the resale value. I say change the color and enjoy the gift.
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Old 01-02-2020, 10:16 AM   #9
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So I got the micro 9 Bel Air as a gift from my dad and man is it hideous! Won't get close to the money it's worth trading it to my local store. Also don't wanna break his heart by getting rid of it. Love the micro 9 action and the chrome slide but I can't even look at it with the frame being that color. How bad am I devaluing it if I get it painted? Think it will ever be a collectible?

Gianna, welcome to the site from Tennessee.

To answer your question: No, I doubt the Bel Air Micro9 will ever be collectible.
IMO, the Bel Air had a small demographic (Baby Boomers?) of people that liked the color enough to purchase it.

Me? I don't love that color enough to buy one, however I do love the cars of that era. I would not have wanted a 1955 Chevy Bel Air in that color either.

If my father had gifted the BelAir Micro9 to me, I would not alter it's color or condition. I would cherish it and keep it to preserve the memory of my father. No matter how ugly I thought it was.

IMO on the used market a BelAir that the color had been changed would be worthless to me...I'd never buy it.
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It was a gift from your father, I'd leave it alone and either use it as it is or put it away until you can appreciate the real value of it. The older you get the more the gun will come to mean to you. I'm 76 and have guns from my grandfather and my father, I'd never change a thing on any of them.
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