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I'm new to working with cement. I make leaves, green men and succulent planters so far. This is the first colorant I've tried and I am thrilled with it! Very easy to use and beautiful colors! I won't need to shop elsewhere, this is exactly what I needed!


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    Cement Pigment reacts with cement-based products to integrally color slabs, but is not pre-measured for specific color outcomes. Instead, raw pigment gives control to those designers and artisans interested in creating endless color possibilities for their project. Want a more predictable color outcome? Direct Colors formulates over 100 Color Varieties of Concrete Pigment designed to easily mix with most white or gray based ready-mix cement.

    Coloring Concrete with Raw Cement Pigment

    Raw Pigments perform best in Portland cement-based products. You will want to keep the pigment ratio below the maximum of 10% pigment to Portland cement (by weight, not volume). Full color saturation generally occurs between 3 to 7%, depending on the pigment. Testing is encouraged with the Concrete Pigment Trial Kit, as raw pigments look very different before being added to Gray or White concrete. Add pigments to any cement-based medium—experimentation is the whole point! You can even break away from our color chart and create custom colors of your own! Sometimes, the most amazing projects come from the artistry and ingenuity of stepping out of the box and trying new things!

    There are 27 base pigment colors and each pigment can create several color options depending on the amount of pigment powder used in the cast. Portland cement is the most common type of cement and a basic ingredient of concrete, mortar, stucco, and grout. Portlant cement base color is gray or white and it is commonly sold in in 94 lbs. bags.  Concrete pigment color charts vary depending on the base color used.  If you mix the pigment powder with gray Portland cement based materials you get one set of colors but of you mix the same pigment powder amount and color with white Portalnd cement based materials you get a different set of colors.  

    For example pigment color 202 can create several color tones depending on the pigment powder to cementious material usage rate. 

    When mixing with White Portland Cement:

    WHT-202-1 Ciel Blue color is obtained by mixing 1 lbs of pigment powder per 94 lbs sack of white cement
    WHT-202-5 Pantone Blue color is obtained by mixing 5 lbs of pigment powder per 94 lbs sack of white cement
    WHT-202-7 Nikko Blue color is obtained by mixing 7 lbs of pigment powder per 94 lbs sack of white cement

    When mixing with Gray Portland Cement:

    GRY-202-0 Blue Gray color is obtained by mixing 0.5 lbs of pigment powder per 94 lbs sack of white cement
    GRY-202-1 Steel Blue color is obtained by mixing 3 lbs of pigment powder per 94 lbs sack of white cement
    GRY-202-1 Sapphire Blue color is obtained by mixing 7 lbs of pigment powder per 94 lbs sack of white cement

    IMPORTANT: In outdoor use, blue pigment #s 201 and 202 fade very quickly in direct sunlight. For exterior applications, use #203 instead, which appears blue after drying.

    Please note that pigment dosage is calculated by cementious material weight.

     If you are not sure on what the color outcome would be based on the cast to be used, it is recommended to test colors using the Pigment Trial Kit.

    How-To Guide

    Direct Colors provides four online concrete pigment calculators to help customers determine how much pigment will be needed for their projects. The pigment required to achive a specific color is based on the amount of cement mix rather than the total weight of the bag or batch.

    The project calculator tool is designed to calculate for ready-mix prebagged concrete, 5000 psi countertop mixes, truck pours and custom Portland cement batches, such as stucco, mortar and grout.

    Grout, stucco, plaster and mortar contain various amounts of Portland cement and may also include hydrated lime so when using our calculator keep this in mind and adjust amounts accordingly.

    For truck pours place pigment into the truck at least 20 minutes prior to pouring.  For best results, pigments should be added before truck leaves the ready-mix plant for the job site. The amount of water and pigment added to each truck should be the same for the entire pour to ensure color uniformity.

    For drum mixing, add 1/3 of the total water neeed for the batch and start the mixer. Add the pigment and mix for 3 to 5 minutes.  Slowly add the concrete mix to the mixer and add water as needed.  The mixture should be uniform in color with no streack before pouring.

    For 5 gallon bucket mixes, use a birdcage or a high shear mud mixer paddle with drill motor on low-speed. Add 1/3 of the total water needed for the batch and the all the pigment to the bucket. Stir with a paint stick to begin combining.  Mix with the paddle for 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly add the concrete mix to the bucket and water as needed. 

    Note: As concrete hardens, the color will appear to fade. This is normal for colored concrete.  Pour water on the surface to see and evaluate how the color will look after applying sealer.

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