interesting stuff, i had no idea about the p-tex bit.
anyway, i spoke with the owner and he said we'll work something out if i end up not liking how it rides. he was pretty friendly about it and offered to give me a discount on anything the next time i come by. i told him that if it rides the same, if nothing's permanently damaged, etc. then i'm not going to push the issue because aesthetics aren't ever my concern.
i'm attaching a picture of the board itself for reference. the surface feels fine, but the top part with the black spots is not 100% smooth (feels like your skin when you have goosebumps).