External brick wall German/Mortar smear issue

26 Aug 2020
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United Kingdom

I have built a wall in garden from cheap modern bricks.

They are orange with random brown patches, but I wanted an "older" looking finish. I have applied a mortar wash, by taking very thin amount of Blue Circle Ready Mix mortar, and smearing it over the wall with a cloth - I then rinsed it off a little.

Once dried the result is great, orange colour has been toned down and it looks quite old. I am very pleased with the effect.

However, whenever it rains, the mortar wash becomes transparent and the original brick colour shows through. How can I stop this happening? Once dry again, the nice hazy wash re-appears.

But I would like to stop the mortar wash going transparent when wet.

Any ideas appreciated.
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