I purchased it new from Only the Best Firearms. They had just got in a shipment. The paint was even and looked OK, but it didn't have the look of Cerakote to me. Maybe it was just all the dimples that made it look that way. I'm not unhappy, I just thought it would look a bit better.Doesn't sound right. Mine was purchased around 2015-2016 and it has a nice, even black oxide (or PVD) finish. It's definitely not a "paint job" and has held up fine. Did you buy yours new from a dealer or used from an individual?