I recently ran across a great deal on a Metroarms 1911. The previous owner had something spill behind the seat of his truck and it really mucked up the finish on the slide. The receiver is in pristine condition. As it's a relatively cheap 1911, I'm gonna use it as a project gun to tinker with and learn a little more about working on 1911s. My thoughts are to have the slide coated with the water transfer printing process. Similar to the attached image. Not necessarily that pattern though. My thoughts are that I to get rid of all of the engraving/roll stamping on the slide. I've thought about welding, but i'm concerned with loss of heat treat and warping of the slide. What are you guys thoughts on the matter? Would epoxy stay in place, should I weld up and grind down what I don't want or should I just get a new slide without the roll stamps? Thanks for your input and ideas.