Radius gauges can be covered in an oil-based spray as a preventative measure against rust during storage. If a radius gauge becomes rusty, the folding mechanism may seize up. Further problems include the compromised accuracy of the gauge’s measurement. The once precisely machined radius may develop irregularities because of corrosion.
Close away blades into the case carefully after use. This ensures the blades do not become bent or misshapen when the gauge is not in use.
Radius gauge blades with five measuring surfaces are often bought in assortments. Be sure to use the plastic sleeve casing which allows neat and orderly storage.