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Old 12-08-2017, 04:47 PM
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Polishing Zero Flex Gen 1

I had to tear apart my tower (generation 1) on a 2000 X5. The aluminum seems to be fading or dulling if that is a word. I have searched and searched and could not find if there is a way to polish the tower or clean the aluminum.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Also, I stripped the Allen head screw on the drivers side, any suggestion to extract it? It seems to be locked in there after never being removed.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:02 PM
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I really like Blue Magic. Short of that, check out The Chemical Guys products. If you have it off the boat, then investing in a polisher will make your life much easier. You will go through 400 pads since the aluminum is probably very oxidized, but it will look awesome once completed.

How stripped is the bolt? You may be able to pound in the next size bigger allen wrench. Then use a torch to heat the aluminum around the bolt. DO not heat the bolt! Put some tension on the bolt, tap it and then around it with a hammer, add some more heat, tap tap tap, etc. If it is truly stuck, then you may have to drill it out.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:29 PM
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IIRC the tower was anodized and has a clear coat on it, not sure theres anything that can be done to shine it up
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Old 12-08-2017, 08:37 PM
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Thanks for the info, I didn’t think there’s much I can do. The last thing I want to do is take my dewalt rotary to the metal and make a real mess...
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:09 PM
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You could have it re-anodized - bright dipped, clear.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:18 PM
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My tower looked like crap too. After reading and saw where some one said it was clear coated, I figured what the hell maybe I could try some rubbing compound and wax. Might not be as shiny as when it first came from the factory but it looks a helluva lot better.
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