Should the windshield glass channel on a 23 touring be brass, unpainted, or painted black with the rest of the frame?
Mine was nickle plated as I recall.
Richard has it right; nickel plated from the factory.
The one on my '23 is nickel plated brass. Just removed it from the steel frame if you want a picture.
Yes, please post a picture from the side and of the cross section, thanks!
On a business trip right now ... will do it by Monday. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send to you directly.
Not very photogenic but nickel over brass, the rust stains came from the windshield frame which is steel.
It's very easy to nickel plate a new brass strip, or replate an original. I've used my Caswell Nickel Brush Plating kit to do them, doesn't take long and looks mahvoulous. The kit is around $35 I think, so it's worth buying to do just this one piece, but you'll find it useful for plating other small parts.
I buffed the nickel of my 22's windshield when I replaced the plate glass for safety glass. It was spotty in places and looked really bad, so I buffed it all off and then polished up the brass.
Looks much better now, and breaks up all that unrelieved black of the car wonderfully...I also replaced the black windshield screws with brass ones. Probably hard to tell, but I like some brass on my car, not trying to look like a 15 or anything like that, just enough to accent the black is all.
Some 30 years ago, did the vendors sell glass channel that was aluminum (stainless maybe?)? I have a set for '16-'22 open car so the box says.
Same color all the way thru the material. Very pretty, appropriately sized but very silver in color.
Martin, that's pretty!
(Message edited by Duey_C on January 06, 2017)
Just like the clincher demountable rims, you can just spray paint galvanize or alum. to replicate.
So spray paint that old brass windshield channel with your favorite can of alum. or chrome alum with a satin clear over, and it 'looks' like nickel.
But, for the pre nickel (brass) windshield channel, how are you going to shine/polish it without leaving residue? I went so far as to highly polish my original '14 brass glass channel out of the frame then have it clear coated powder coat. 400 degree temps didn't degrade it at all and it stays highly lustrous.