Mortar matching

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Seabass2500, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Seabass2500

    Seabass2500 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 15

    I work in the midwest and am trying to repair a few loose stone on a wall approximately 50-60 years old. I usually use Brixment type S and course sand but it ends up to light of a grey. I was wondering what others did to help give their 'new' mortar an aged look.

    Thanks.
     
  2. OSdb

    OSdb LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    Use a buff mortar or dye it.
     
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,412

    More than anything it's probably "washed out", along with has a layer of dirt.

    Give the new mortar two years and it otta be close!
     
  4. Seabass2500

    Seabass2500 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 15

    I tried a little vinegar on the newly dried mortar. It helped a bit but not enough.
     
  5. SVA_Concrete

    SVA_Concrete LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 467

    Old colonial mortar looks a bit better when matching to old brick.

    first rule with concrete products...... MECAP (match Existing as CLOSE as possible)

    and NEVER guarantee a color of anything especially with colored concrete and mortars.
     

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