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Matching mortar dye with ready mix?

Discussion in 'Building' started by SJRSJR, 25 May 2018.

  1. SJRSJR

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    Hi. I want to replace a five or six bricks and match the existing buff coloured mortar. I thought adding mortar dye to a small bag of ready mix might be easier.

    Everbuild 208 do a brown and a buff tone - not sure which would be better?
    https://www.everbuild.co.uk/product/208-powder-mortar-tone/

    Other posts suggest people struggle with a match so should I mix it myself from scratch? Any help with products/ratios would be appreciated. Thanks

    mortar.jpg
     
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    i wouldnt use ready mix if trying to match plus no dye just a bag of soft building sand and cement and a not too strong mix
     
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    That don't look like buff dyed mortar to me
     
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    Bobsuerita - thanks. It's easy for me to get to B and Q so would a bag from there be okay (despite mixed reviews)? Alternatively I could get to Selco. They have red sand, yellow sand and kiln dried sand - any thoughts on which one?

    Woody - I don't think it is dyed mortar, I was wondering if that was the road to go down but I'll follow bobsuerita's advice. Thanks
     
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    If you want to match the colour getting the right sand is important.
     
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    From the picture do you think I should get red or yellow sand?
     
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    From the picture I would use yellow with a touch of black dye to tone it down slightly. When replacing a few bricks if mortar is slightly darker than the rest is looks better than if it's much lighter than the existing.
     
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    Thanks Stuart45, will do
     
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