Cement colour.

13 Dec 2005
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United Kingdom
Hi all,

I've got to re-cement a couple of bricks on my hearth and I'm having trouble getting my sand.cement mix the right colour. What's there already (and what I'd like to get as close to as I can) is sand colour. I've tried normal Blue Circle cement, which comes out grey and also Snowcrete, which is way too white. I've tried sharp sand, plastering sand (both went grey or white) and buliding sand (which went pink). I've tried sand/cement mixes at ratios of 1:4 upto 9:4 (which I know is too much but I was on a roll and getting frustrated!).

Has anybody got any ideas please? All I want is a mix that come out sand-colour! Surely it can't be that hard - most houses I look at have brickwork with sandy coloured mortar...

Thanks everyone.
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have you tried blending both opc and snowcrete, it is trial and error.
you will be very lucky if you get a absolute match, if the area in total is not to big you could repoint the whole lot, or point the area needed and paint all the joints with a sandstone/buff masonry paint
If you put a photo on it will give us a better idea of what the likely mix could be. You have to remember that it will take some time for the new mortar to reach somewhere near it's colour.

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