Plating of gallon marker rods in Rush K?

Posted by: Boiler_81

Plating of gallon marker rods in Rush K? - Mon Jan 01 2018 12:26 PM

I'm restoring a Rush K. The rods which the gallon markers are mounted on are rusty. I assume these were plated originally. Does anyone know how they were plated?
Posted by: wayno48

Re: Plating of gallon marker rods in Rush K? - Mon Jan 01 2018 02:07 PM

Brass?
Posted by: Stevo

Re: Plating of gallon marker rods in Rush K? - Mon Jan 01 2018 03:41 PM

I looked very closely at mine and they are rusty as well with no evidence of any plating. My guess is they were always bare metal.
Posted by: Boiler_81

Re: Plating of gallon marker rods in Rush K? - Tue Jan 02 2018 06:50 AM

If they were plain steel, I could just clear coat them. However, I am concerned I will be redoing them every few years. I don't want to keep taking the markers off the rod and risk metal fatigue and breakage.