Sandy colour mortar mix?

22 Sep 2017
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United Kingdom
Morning all.

I need to repoint the retaining wall that supports my neighbours raised garden.

What would be the best mortar mix to use?

I usually use 5 parts sand, x1 part cement and x1 part hydrated lime and my mix is always a grey colour, as the wall is built using grey stone looking bricks a grey mortar will clash too much, the guys that built it used a very sandy colour mortar. How would i achieve this without dying the mix (or is dying the best option?)

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A lot depends on the type of sand they used/where it came from. Might be worth a test patch with red and yellow (if you can get it) building sand
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Here's an example of a test patch I did for someone using a 50/50 Ginger/ Coarse washed sand and NHL 3.5 lime.

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