Depends on what your definition of throw it away is. You can have cerakote redone just like you can bluing. Just like bluing, cerakote can and will wear. The thing you have to remember about guns in a shop is that they are handled by 50 plus people a day for sometimes up to months while they sit on the shelf. Some of the guns see more use in the store than they will in the field. I have seen blued barrels look like crap too. My blued shotgun will rust if the humidity is above 1%. My coated barrels haven't rusted even with the wear spots.Is it better, or are we just a throw away society ? Use it until it don’t work, no longer looks good, no maintenance ( to much work), no repair just replace. That is how every thing is headed. No I want to hand this down from generation to generation is really even considered any more. I may seem to come off as biased , but I think maybe old fashion yea, I don’t care what others do or like and appreciated that we can still do the things we do. And I know I am in the minority, and times are changing, and I have a very hard time excepting change. Not trying to convince any one my way is the right way, as it’s obvious not the way things are headed must be the right way ( your right, never said you weren’t) ? I am just stating the way I like it, old school, I guess. Sorry if it ruffled any feathers. I don’t expect to change yours or any body else’s views or opinions, just stating mine. And I don’t like cerakote, and stating the reasons why.
The thing that "ruffled" feathers is that your knocking cerakote but admit that you like bluing and that your guns are a work of art. Most people on this forum use their guns and use them for their intended purpose. Take them hunting and kill animals anyway it takes. I buy stainless and synthetic guns because I don't want to worry about scratching them. So you knocking something that is built for function because you don't think it looks good. Apples and oranges.
The world has changed. People have expendable income and they like to use it. I had an old guy give me crap for buying the replaceable blade knives because "my generation just believes in throwing everything away." I asked him how long it took him to learn to properly sharpen his knives. He puffed his chest out and responded with "a lifetime." To which I responded "why would I spend a lifetime learning to sharpen a knife when I can buy 6 for the price of thirty minutes worth of work?"