We can type out explanations for detecting refinished guns, but the best bet is to use the advanced search feature typing the key words refinished gun, or something similar. If you do so, not only will you get the written descriptions of what to look for and questions about refinishing, you will get some great pictures of refinished guns, guns that were debated as refinshed but finally agreed to be original finish, etc. The pictures in these threads will be invaluable for your learning curve.How can I tell if it's been refinished? I will have an opportunity to see the gun in person.
Since you are having trouble, and may be on a time crunch, Ill see what I can do to help, if just a bit. The markings should be crisp. If you want to know what I mean by crisp, look for posts on the forum of NIB, or new in box examples that are posted all the time on this forum. If the edges of the markings are soft, its a danger sign.I have not had much luck searching for how to tell a reblue on the board.
I paid $279 for mine, good looking shooter, from early 60s 4, 5 years ago, goes to show you how Colts are a good value at an average price, $279 being about right at the time for one like that. (and of course I use it)
I purchased a 1969 Detective Special about 6 months ago for $500 out the door.
Condition maybe carried but not fired very much,if at all--no turn ring--very clean.
Not a reblue
Small town-north west Pa. gun store
Nice to shoot--I am happy--not seen very often
The best to you