Mike, get in touch with the guys at Rivendell Bicycle Works in Cali. Grant Petersen devoted a whole section of the "Rivendell Reader" to the history and application of shellac. Rivendell even sells it. It seems to be very popular with Randoneurs. From what I read, you apply it layer upon layer until you get it the way you want it. It is also worth noting that it does change the color of the cloth a bit. The guys at Rivendell would be better apt to expound on the matter. Good Luck!
Don Andersen Columbia, MD
>Well, hopefully by next week I'll have the Holdsworth
>(path racer) up and cycling. Nicely parted it up with Campy 151 BCD pista
>cranks and steel track pedals. NR
>seatpost and headset and record calipers. Comprimised
>on the wheels since I didn't have track hubs avail to
>me and I wanted flip/flops so I had a pair built with Mavic MA3/Suzue -
>forgive me:) Would like to get some
>vintage flip/flops when I have some $$$ gain!
>I want to wrap the bars with some orange Tressostar &
>I have heard that shellac helps preserve the color.
>I have never used shellac on tape before, I just wrap
>and watch the cotton fray!
>Anybody got some pointers on what and how to do this?
>Or even if I should!!!
>Mike "Trying to outrun the grammer police" Wilkinson