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Old 04-23-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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Mortar color

I need to repoint some bricks and would like to know a good way to lighten the mortar color so I can get it to match the surrounding bricks?


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Old 04-23-2015, 05:14 PM   #2
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Go to a real masonry supply and pick up a sample kit.
There likly going to have a match in stock, so no need for any mixing.
A picture of what you have may help.


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Old 04-24-2015, 09:14 AM   #3
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I work at a real masonry supply, and you will not get a sample kit as a homeowner. What I tell people to do that come in for a non-pigmented mortar is to buy a bag of white and a bag of grey masonry cement and blend. Then rub some dirt on it for the match.

For pigmented mortars, it is even more difficult.

The reality is that it is almost impossible to do "touch up" grade matches. Professionals go corner to corner or edge to edge, thus eliminating the issue of a close match.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:22 PM   #4
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If you finished the job and the colors are not matching, you can dye the mortar after it has cured long enough. We have a chimney on our house that had two different mortar colors. We wanted to change the color of the mortar so it was all the same and I found a product online called Instant Mortar Match. We just brushed it on. It was pretty simple to do.
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