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 Post subject: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 9:10 pm 
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I'm getting ready to fit some cloth tape in yellow but whenever I've used it before it seems to have a habit of getting very mucky. Basically I want to know if/how I can clean it or even better, stop it getting dirty.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 10:40 pm 
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We usually swapped our bar tape several times a year when it got too mucky to bear...... Cleaning usually meant sponging with soapy water but being careful to use the sponge down the tape and not rolling the edges.

Stringy backed mitts helped with keeping it clean but usually a losing battle. There's always the option of covering it with cling-film but it then gets a bit slippery.

Or wrap in dark brown / black :)

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 10:42 pm 
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+1 black, always done, usually goes grey with washing but better than "dirty"


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:16 pm 
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Quick check on the old kit I have left. You could re-tape the bars for 78pence using Advance Herringbone or a bit more if you wanted Tressostar.........

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:00 pm 
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You could use shellac, or a synthetic equivalent? It does darken/change the colour a bit though.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:21 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
You could re-tape the bars for 78pence



Surely you meant to say 15/7d :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 9:28 am 
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78p may be cheap but it's an awful lot of hassle to redo it every other month :lol:

I was thinking of using some sort of industrial selotape but shellac sounds interesting. Any more info? Tried google but only seem to find nail polish.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 11:07 am 
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..........shellac is made from the wing cases of beetles :)

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 12:08 pm 
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Knotting solution for sealing knots in wood is shellac.

Or it used to be.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning cloth tape
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 7:18 pm 
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http://lovelybike.blogspot.co.uk/2010/0 ... w.html?m=1

Shellac is traditionally a natural product (bits of beetles), but I'm sure you can get synthetic equivalents these days.


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