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post #1636 of 1654 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 07:40 PM
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Washed and waxed the car tonight in order to head to an annual celebration in the wife's home town. We'll be there tomorrow in the parade... ridin' in style!
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I am again in combat with the windshield. One thing I find maddening is a streaky, smudged windshield. My first GXP wasn't so bad. I cleaned it when I washed the car, then I used alcohol and a clean terry towel. I had also Rain-X'd it, which seemed to help.

My latest GXP...oh my head. I have come to the conclusion that the previous owner did...something. I have literally washed the car three times, back to back to back, and still had almost greasy smears on the glass. Did he put something on the wiper blades?? Got to replace them. The inside of the glass is a nightmare. I don't think he ever cleaned it, he just sort of swirled the smudges about. Trying to clean it made it worse.

I found my old Texas Instruments glass cleaning cloth today. I will see if that helps....

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4 day weekend on Lake Michigan's coast. Saw a red Solstice and a "burgundy" SKY. Received a lot of compliments on the Sol including a guy who claimed to have done some design work on it during development.

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The inside of the glass is a nightmare. I don't think he ever cleaned it, he just sort of swirled the smudges about. Trying to clean it made it worse.
Chris, on the inside try a 25/75 mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle - and if possible wipe it with balled up newspaper. If that doesn't get it, use straight vinegar.

I recently clayed my Solstice using a Mother's Speed Clay 2.0. It did a fantastic job cleaning the outside glass (and the car).

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I replaced the bulbs in my HVAC knobs with LEDs and swapped out the Kenwood LCD screen stereo that I hated due to being unreadable with the top down with an '09 factory stereo. Now I just have to get the new stereo unlocked.

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Chris, on the inside try a 25/75 mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle - and if possible wipe it with balled up newspaper. If that doesn't get it, use straight vinegar.

I recently clayed my Solstice using a Mother's Speed Clay 2.0. It did a fantastic job cleaning the outside glass (and the car).
Clay does an excellent job on glass!
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Drove it to pick up pizza! Permagrin on! Top down a little rain on the way. 60+ no water in the cockpit!
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Clay does an excellent job on glass!
Absolutely agree on the clay. I did this to our Solstice shortly after I got it home and could not believe what a difference it made on the paint finish to start with. After polish and waxing, it was hard to keep the rag on the hood. It kept wanting to slide off. I also did the clay on the windshield and windows. Again, what a difference. I used the McGuire's brand clay kit. https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Smoo...s%2C173&sr=8-3
And have been very happy with their products (I try to stay with their gold or ultimate series).
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I repaired my non-functioning inside passenger door handle today! The release cable had popped out of the handle. Zip-tied that sucker in place and she's good to go!

I know ya'll are glad. I've whined enough about it over the past week in other posts.

Now I'll only gripe about not running my summer tires....

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I finally got frustrated enough with the stock Console mounted cup Holder, and bought one of the nice metal ones from Satnana. Installed it yesterday, took longer to remove the rererebroken stock one, than to install the new one. Only downside so far is having to put 2 small holes in the center console to retain it. But I do not think I will ever put a stock one back in so that should not matter. Only tool required in a Phillips Head screw driver.
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Chris, on the inside try a 25/75 mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle - and if possible wipe it with balled up newspaper. If that doesn't get it, use straight vinegar.

I recently clayed my Solstice using a Mother's Speed Clay 2.0. It did a fantastic job cleaning the outside glass (and the car).

Can do. I think the previous owner put some kind of gee-whiz windshield wiper fluid in the reservoir. Maddening.

Driving and working on a Sly 2008 Solstice GXP 5spd 260/260, and the worst-built 2012 LS3 Camaro 1SS to escape from Oshawa.

Gone but not forgotten:
2007 Solstice GXP 5 speed 290/340

Stored and needing to part ways with a 1970 Skylark Custom convertible I have owned since 1989 and turned into a GS455 clone. 462 with 7/8 primary headers, adjustable roller rockers, TA Performance Stage 1 aluminum heads, auto, Chevy 12 bolt, 3.31:1. Sadly a project car now but a driver from '89 to '06.
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I finally got frustrated enough with the stock Console mounted cup Holder, and bought one of the nice metal ones from Satnana. Installed it yesterday, took longer to remove the rererebroken stock one, than to install the new one. Only downside so far is having to put 2 small holes in the center console to retain it. But I do not think I will ever put a stock one back in so that should not matter. Only tool required in a Phillips Head screw driver.
Just curious: did you order directly from Santanainteriors and how long did it take to get it?

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Yes I did order it direct from Santanainteriors, took about 5 weeks to deliver it.

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