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Old 05-16-2019, 09:19 PM
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W111 Transmission dip stick color....

I picked up a dipstick that looks like new. I mean it is in fantastic shape. The guy I got it from said it had not been pulled out for about twenty-five years.

But the top cap is rusted. Not bad but it has lots of surface that can easily be sanded off.

So what was the original color of this cap? Red? Black? I am not going for a 100 point car but I would like to make it look as original as possible.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:02 AM
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They're usually clear zinc or silver.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:33 AM
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I picked up a dipstick that looks like new. I mean it is in fantastic shape. The guy I got it from said it had not been pulled out for about twenty-five years.

But the top cap is rusted. Not bad but it has lots of surface that can easily be sanded off.

So what was the original color of this cap? Red? Black? I am not going for a 100 point car but I would like to make it look as original as possible.
Yup. As the previous poster suggests, they’re bright metal, not painted.

Oil dipstick is painted black on the “bell” and the handle loop is bright red.

Dan
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:53 PM
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Yup. As the previous poster suggests, they’re bright metal, not painted.

Oil dipstick is painted black on the “bell” and the handle loop is bright red.

Dan
Thanks! Cleaning it up to bright metal will be easy and look much better than the current color which is best described as 'surface rust'.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:54 AM
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Suggest chemical such as Evapo-Rust rather than sanding so as not to alter surface texture. Coat with Gibbs lubricant when clean to deter further oxidation.
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