7900 X-Lens Questions

I'm cleaning my X-Lenses and have a few questions about how to do this best.

1) Does anyone have any recommendations on how to take this guy apart without breaking the plastic tabs? Last one I tried, they broke. Luckily I have spares.

2) This is the skimmer base. It says not to polish it, but I'd like to try and clean it. I just used some DI water and rubbed it down with chemwipes and a Q-Tip. Would using dilute acid be too harsh?

3) Same question for the interior here. Also, I noticed these scorch marks on this copper piece. Is this normal wear and tear, or a sign of something bad?

4) What's the best way to curl your sanding paper? Getting it wound tight enough is sometimes a challenge.

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