Ya, this is what I was thinking. I'm trying to gauge the cost of have it professionally repainted. I think I could probably sand it down and spray paint it though and it should come out fine if I take my time. A response in another thread suggested that I would have the freedom to change the color. Not sure I'd want to do that, but perhaps a very dark navy blue would look cool with the gold emblems on the blocks.
Either way, thanks for the input. Waiting to hear back about replacement blocks but at least repainting them is an option. Shouldn't be too hard if they are removable.