Bicycles and bands. I’m listening to Shellac as I write this. Excellent Italian Greyhound is a great album and I’m glad they released it, but I still like 1000 Hurts. I’ve got history with that album, ya know?
Shellac. Well, it’s messy. I’ll start there. The good news is you finish with “it looks badass and is indestructable”. (Much like the band actually.)
You cut it with a little denatured alcohol. This thins it but theoretically decreases dry times meaning you can put more layers on in a shorter period of time. I never did find a recipe I liked online or even messing around so I sorta guessed. I couldn’t tell a difference cut or uncut, that’s about all I can say. Give it enough time to setup and it becomes a moot point anyhow.
I put plastic under the bike and was glad I did. This stuff is pretty thin, even uncut. Spillage onto the frame was easily contained with denatured alcohol on a paper towel. I used a crappy chip brush from Home Depot. Worked fine.
Other than that – not much to say. I gave it 45 minutes between coats. I think I got 4 or 5 on there last night. Personally I was excited to see the results and was impatient. Should have waited longer between coats. It was also not warm in my little makeshift paint booth. I can only assume you get better results if you wait longer and it’s warmer.
I started with cork tape and white cloth tape which as you can see, blends together into the same color which is interesting. I thought the tape was going to get darker than the cork. Next time I’m going with red fabric tape.
(see where I smudged it with my finger when only half setup? DAMMIT!)
Once dry it feels like a coat of rubber. That’s it. It’s a bit tacky like rubber, but not sticky in the least. Actually feels pretty great. And it looks sexy as hell.
I’m not done. I’ll put a couple more coats on tonight, but basically I’m considering this a successful experiment.