I've quickly become a fan of shellac on cloth handlebar tape. Not only does it give a nice aesthetic appeal, but it gives grip and feels comfortable. I've also become a fan of matching colors on other parts of a bicycle.
For this project, I had a beautifully reconditioned Vetta saddle commissioned through Lugs (lugschicago.com & lugschicago.blogspot.com). This saddle had a beautiful, deep red color that I wished to match with red cloth handlebar tape.
Here are the freshly wrapped handlebars before any shellac was applied.
I decided to try a first coat of clear shellac. The first coat will soak in quite a bit of shellac and will lay a nice base for the next coats. A nice thick layer of clear shellac deepened the bright red color, but not quite enough.
I then added a coat of amber to deepen the red. Any subsequent coats will not affect the color as drastically as the first, so I figured I could add amber coats until the desired hue was achieved. One coat of amber was all I needed. I then added a couple more coats of clear shellac to get the grip I wanted.
And finally, the completed build with a perfect color match of saddle and cloth tape, utilizing both clear and amber shellacs.
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