Hi all, this is my first post here. I've had my C9 for about 9 years now but just started shooting again after about an 8 year break. I've always hated how cheap the C9 looked and I've always wondered why they didn't do any very basic cleanup of the molding seams. So lat night I pulled apart my C9 and sanded the frame and trigger with 220 grit sandpaper. That got rid of the seams and molding marks. Then I hit them again with steel wool which smoothed it back out and got rid of the sanding marks. I then went over the grips with only the steel wool to take that plasticky shine off of them. The last step was to sand the lacquer off of the aluminum block of the barrel with 220 grit sandpaper because the lines and grooves in the lacquer bothered me too. IMO it makes the pistol look more "finished" and gives it more of a combat look. All I'm waiting on now are the Hogue grips so I can cover up those ugly grip screws ^-^ Here's a shot of the finished product.