The short pieces of tube that are used for elevator stops are binding up on the paint on the 36" push/pull rod. Instead of removing the paint, is it OK to split the stop and gently spread it out so it will fit on the P/P tube?? Only split the part, not cut into two pieces. I do not want to have to remove the paint, then remove and repaint the assembly after getting it all installed and correctly setting the stops.
If I do so, I would use two rivets per stop to make sure things are solidly attached when setting the stops.