Originally Posted by MedSailor
Everybody replaces the rigging on some kind of schedule but often the plates are not replaced.
If you're going to all the labor to un-bed and remove and re-bed the plates, I'd recommend replacing them while you're at it.
Great point MedSailor... What do you think would cause the problem rust of metal exhaustion. If the main concern is rust, its easily inspect-able. Is there such concern as metal exhaustion on ss.