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  1. 2003 E53 X5 4.6 HELP Does anyone know the best way to clean X5 side steps 
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    My side steps need some TLC what is the best way chemical? if so which one etc
     
     

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    I take it you mean the aluminium stuff on the roof-washing step. Same problem with my X3 so I'd be very interested too. I've been loathed to take any nasty chemicals to it.
     
     

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    So far Ive tried Brillo pads, Autosol and some aluminium cleaner I got from a friend and nothing sems to work!!! I was offered to have them powder coated but how do you seperate them from the little rubber thingys??

    Hope somebody comes up with an answer.
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    I'll move this to the detailing section to see if anyone there has an idea.

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    Cleaning aluminium...

    There is one thing, but it's real awkward to get.
    The best aluminium cleaner is phosphoric acid, which is found in the acid alloy wheel cleaners. Ideally, it needs to be treated with chromic acid after to protect it, but you can't exactly buy those in Tescos.
    Alkaline cleaners can leave it looking a mess after.

    Phosphoric acid is one of the main things they use when parts cleaning / refurbing engine bits and they come back looking like brand new castings.

    DON'T GET COKE!
    Despite the storys of it washing blood of motorways, and dissolving teeth overnight, it doesn't contain near enough phosphoric acid to clean anything.
    Cillit Bang used to contain Phos. Acid, but if it's anything like the stuff i recently tried, you'd have to dip the car in it for a week.
     
     

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    I got some Meguiars Metal Polish today that I'm away to try on the steps after lunch. I'll take a couple of before and after pics to see how they come out but the guy in the shop swore by it working!! Mind you when have I heard that before.....................
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