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Hello fellow Sky lovers! I just got my base model black 2007, and I absolutely love it! I've seen a couple posts on here about chrome vs no chrome, and for me I do like it in moderation. That said, my car doesn't have the chrome surrounding the windshield ( it seems like every one I see except mine does lol) and that's what I'd like to add. I'm not sure where to find it, like if it's the adhesive DIY kind or do I go to a body shop? If this has already been covered I apologize but I couldn't find the answer anywhere. Thanks for any suggestions and info!
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The windshield surround on all the cars came in silver pearl, not chrome.
What color is yours?
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If you are looking for a trim ring to cover the gap between the glass and the surrounding frame, there isn't one.

As SkyVue2 said, the surrounding frame came from the factory painted silver, but I know that many owners had theirs repainted to match the body.

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The silver surround was intended to hark back to the alloy windscreen surround of the MGB. All of the Kappas except the Solstice coupe had them (the coupes had painted surrounds). Don't see them getting painted much on the converts but you should be able to revert to original spec (at a price) if you want.

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The silver surround was intended to hark back to the alloy windscreen surround of the MGB.
I know that is your theory Bill, but I doubt it.

My theory (in comparison) is that it was far easier to do it that way at the factory, since the windshield frame is the same color as the chassis - and the under frame/chassis/windshield surround were all painted together in one shot. However, the body panels were all painted separately (off car) and bolted/glued on to a car afterwards, to form the final colo(u)r. So .. just a simple ease/cheapness of construction reason.

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Welcome, Kitt. As others have said, the windshield surround is painted silver. I, too like chrome in moderation.
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The silver surround was intended to hark back to the alloy windscreen surround of the MGB. All of the Kappas except the Solstice coupe had them (the coupes had painted surrounds). Don't see them getting painted much on the converts but you should be able to revert to original spec (at a price) if you want.
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I know that is your theory Bill, but I doubt it.

My theory (in comparison) is that it was far easier to do it that way at the factory, since the windshield frame is the same color as the chassis - and the under frame/chassis/windshield surround were all painted together in one shot. However, the body panels were all painted separately (off car) and bolted/glued on to a car afterwards, to form the final colo(u)r. So .. just a simple ease/cheapness of construction reason.
I have been hearing the story that Bill reiterated since the cars first came out, and the Solstice was definitely intended to emulate the classic British roadsters of the '60s. Imitation of the brushed aluminum look is definitely part of that concept.

Was this part of the plan originally? Maybe or maybe not. Was the build of the car influenced by this plan? That is actually very likely in my mind. Or the reverse, did the idea of imitating the look spring from manufacturing realizing that it would simplify the build?

There are very few people who know how this really evolved, and none of them are us.

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I know that is your theory Bill, but I doubt it.

My theory (in comparison) is that it was far easier to do it that way at the factory, since the windshield frame is the same color as the chassis - and the under frame/chassis/windshield surround were all painted together in one shot. However, the body panels were all painted separately (off car) and bolted/glued on to a car afterwards, to form the final colo(u)r. So .. just a simple ease/cheapness of construction reason.
Except that GM went to England to do comparisons and studies of the MGB, TR-6 (IIRC) and at least one other car I don't recall - Spitfire?). Anyone got a copy of the Solstice Book (mine is misplaced somewhere after a move). I thought I recalled a mention of this issue there.

And your theory that it was easier to do one colour falls apart when you look at the coupes, which were done the more expensive complicated way, no?

We've been through this before but we won't know which is correct until someone contacts Franz (now senior designer at Tesla) to see if he recalls. We could try Bob, but he seems to be getting a bit fuzzy on details (understandable, I think).

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Thanks everyone, sorry for the delay. A combination of work and the flu has had me out of commission for a while. The color around mine is black like the car. I would love to have it be silver like most of the others I've seen.
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It could be plasti dip and just peal off? Probably painted, lots of people especially with the black cars wanted it black and painted it.

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If I recall...ALL European convertible roadsters had the silver around the windshield.
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Except that GM went to England to do comparisons and studies of the MGB, TR-6 (IIRC) and at least one other car I don't recall - Spitfire?). Anyone got a copy of the Solstice Book (mine is misplaced somewhere after a move). I thought I recalled a mention of this issue there.
Per your request, page 50. Sorry the scan isn't better, but it is what it is.

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Except that GM went to England to do comparisons and studies of the MGB, TR-6 (IIRC) and at least one other car I don't recall - Spitfire?). Anyone got a copy of the Solstice Book (mine is misplaced somewhere after a move). I thought I recalled a mention of this issue there.
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If I recall...ALL European convertible roadsters had the silver around the windshield.
Silver trim, maybe. Silver frame, not necessarily. Here's larger examples of two of the cars (TR4a and Elan) from the page Dave posted. Note the body-color windscreen frames .

Sorry, Bill, I'm not trying to get a flame war going here, I just couldn't resist . I agree that we'll never know for sure without a decree from the "horses mouth".





Hmm, what a lovely body.

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Silver trim, maybe. Silver frame, not necessarily. Here's larger examples of two of the cars (TR4a and Elan) from the page Dave posted. Note the body-color windscreen frames .

Sorry, Bill, I'm not trying to get a flame war going here, I just couldn't resist . I agree that we'll never know for sure without a decree from the "horses mouth".





Hmm, what a lovely body.
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