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    Today's Handlebar Tape Follies

    Taping my 1984 Del Rey. I decided to give the harlequin a rest on this bike. Here is the raw tape and cord whipping, pretty butt ugly bike at this point:



    The theory is some amber shellac will turn the bright green into dark olive and the white string to brownish gold to match the bike. Gee, hope it works, those were my last rolls of green handlebar tape.

    <off to work, hoping for the best....>

    Now here it is after one amber coat of shellac. I may just stick w/clear for further coats...

    Last edited by robatsu; 03-17-09 at 10:32 AM.

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    no worries, looks like it turned out great!

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    Yeah, from my screen it looks fantastic.
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    Dig it.
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    Looks like a perfect match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machin Shin View Post
    Looks like a perfect match.
    Yeah, I really wasn't sure what it was going to look like and I didn't have any green tape to experiment on, so I just went for it. Really is working, you know, what are the odds of that? What may not be clear from the pics is that the cord whipping color then matches the downtube/top tub printing fairly well. Maybe a little too much red in it, but close enough.

    I think I'm going to do a coat of clear shellac next, let that get good and dry, then see if it needs more amber, but my thinking so far is that it doesn't, and a little too much of it would turn the green to dark brown, and then where would I be?

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    Very nice touch. Such a close match, it's uncanny. I'm sure the redish tint will fade some with UV exposure. Then it'll match even more with the decals.
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    Looks like an exact match on my monitor, nice work!

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    Here is what it looks like after a second coat of shellac, this time using clear.


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