New bike, decided to do seal service following guide on Fox's website.
After wrapping end of screwdriver liberally in electrical tape, applied a bit of pressure under the seal. Seal flexes, screwdriver pings out straight into stanchion. Deep scratch 6mm long on stanchion despite the tape.
FFS, if Fox are going to describe this as "essential" maintenance, it should be harder to screw up. They're only six weeks old and are now, effectively, worthless.