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Old 10-19-11, 09:17 AM   #1
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Refinishing Yakima Q-Towers when they turn gray?

Has anybody ever heard of or actually refinished Yakima Q-Towers after they turn gray?

I had a guy that deals used Yakima racks tell me that it can be done, but never actually saw any results. He said that you can use appox. 600 grit sandpaper on the Q-Tower to take off all dirt/grime/etc, and then simply rub them with vegetable oil and they will look brand new. He said it lasts about 6 months, but it sounds ridiculously easy and can be done pretty quickly.

Before I actually tested this out on my rack I wanted to know if anyone else has actually heard of this or done it before...any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-19-11, 11:11 AM   #2
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Before I actually tested this out on my rack I wanted to know if anyone else has actually heard of this or done it before...any input would be greatly appreciated!
not personally, but you can certainly Paint a bare aluminum part, or pay to have it powder coated.

using vegetable oil makes no sense .. at all .
buy aluminum 'silver' pigment paint, if you want that color.
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I'm talking about the plastic tower piece that is black. It's the clipping mechanism that locks the tower to the car that faces outward when everything is in place. Sorry if I wasn't clear about what turned gray.
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It would not matter to me , but maybe the paint Idea is still applicable..
shading the plastics so there is not sun based UV changing the polymers.

or quick and simple Armor-All , or similar stuff.

pulling the rack off, when not in use, helps increase the fuel economy a little bit.
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What's your take on the sanding idea though?

I may try contacting Yakima to get their take on it, as I'm sure they have dealt with the issue before.
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you may get paint to stick , if you clean the parts thoroughly ..

I got a scotch brite like pad with carborundum in it, it's brown colored, and at the hardware store.
I use it to scour out stainless steel pans .

as a surface preparation for painting, it may help. you are removing some of the surface.

Just spraying it with Armor-All, It probably doesn't matter.

Guess I don't understand OCD

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I just tried both Armor-All and Black Magic and neither worked at all on the clipping mechanism.

I'll have to look further into this I guess.
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2.5 years later... any update?
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