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Girly_girl 08-30-2011 10:01 PM

Is it possible to dye cement mix?
I want to buy these preformed plastic trays for making a pathway and want to know if there's a way to dye the cement before pouring it in these trays.

Bud Cline 08-30-2011 10:05 PM

Yes. Home centers sell color pigments for just that purpose. The colors are limited but it is available.:)

vsheetz 08-30-2011 10:10 PM

Yes, I have a terra cotta colored patio and workshop slab. I like it, the color is through and through. The shades are muted, so don't would not expect bright/vibrant/strong color.

As said, if mixing it yourself the home stores will have powered color mix. If ordering concrete via a truck, talk to the supplier and they will have a selection of colors to choose from as well.

stadry 08-31-2011 12:04 AM

go to sher-wms & buy wtr soluble pigments - add pigment to the mix water - they've got 1,000s of colors - VOILA ! ! !

Tscarborough 08-31-2011 07:06 AM

Oil based pigments, i.e. paint pigments are not suitable for concrete. They are not recommended for highly alkaline materials and WILL fade in sunlight, especially greens and blues. Use only pigments designed for concrete.

josall 08-31-2011 07:16 AM

As stated above:

jomama45 08-31-2011 07:17 AM

Every "big box" store here has a few different liquid colors for a few bucks a bottle. Fairly easy to use, yet fairly difficult to keep consistent on separate pours spread out over several days/weeks. If you want a less muted color, there are a ton of enhancing sealers available that will bring out vibrant color.

Girly_girl 09-01-2011 09:42 PM


Originally Posted by josall (Post 718561)

I checked it out, nice to see the product I have to look for in the store. I guess this would be the one to do the job here. Hope it's not too expensive and comes out nice, thanks!

oh'mike 09-01-2011 11:17 PM

Montreal must have a brick yard or masonry supply house---this would be the place to look for colorants in larger bags or bottles----at much more reasonable prices,too.

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