I also love the way it looks - but there was one thing that kept distracting my eyes. I had wanted to match the bar tape and the saddle, but the match was just a bit off and it was really bugging me! I'll bet a lot of people might not have even noticed, but my eyes were instantly drawn to the difference. Yes, I know - I get obsessive about things like that. I probably need professional help. That doesn't change the fact that I felt like I needed to unwrap the bars and try again.
|Re-wrapped bars are a much better match this time.|
|Amber and garnet shellac flakes. Grind them in a coffee|
grinder and dissolve them with denatured alcohol.
Here are some progress pics:
|This was the white cotton tape with two coats of garnet shellac. It's just a light buff color, and it's hard to believe it will ever be a match for the saddle. My experiment convinced me it would work.|
|A few more coats, and you can see it's starting to get closer.|
|Finished. I think it took about six coats to get this rich reddish brown - and it's a spot-on match to the saddle this time.|
|Now when I look at the bike, the only thing that's going to catch my eye is how well the bars and saddle go together.|