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Concrete Pigment - Raw
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    EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONCRETE PIGMENT

    Concrete Pigment is also known as cement pigment. Concrete color powder is designed to integrally color concrete, stucco, plaster, mortar, grout, overlay and other cement based materials. Concrete coloring with pigments is used in thousands of different commercial and residential applications to create beautiful and unique surfaces.

    Concrete color pigment is commonly used  to add integral color to concrete floors, countertops, cultured and architectural stone, statuary and an assortment of other garden decor items.

    What Is Concrete Pigment

    Cement pigments are made from metal oxides of iron, chromium, cobalt or titanium. They are man-made, synthetic, inorganic pigments that are tested to and meet ASTM C979 standards. They do not contain carbon black, or other materials that may be unstable or non-lightfast in many cement based applications.

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    Direct Colors Concrete Pigments deliver superior uniformity in color, strength and light-fastness and are available in over 100 colors.

    Other ready-mix Direct Colors concrete coloring options using pigments are all-in-one seal and color tinted sealers and our easy to use antiquing stains for both indoor and outdoor flooring applications.

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    QUICK PROJECT CHECKLIST

    1. Decide on the brand of ready-mix cement you will use for your colored concrete project
    2. Do not use a ready-mix with an unidentifiable brand or aggregate source, as the pigment only works with cement based materials
    3. Verify the compatibility of the mix for integral pigment
    4. The cement mix should be not have any calcium chloride
    5. Make sure you add the same amount of water to the concrete from batch to batch, as slight changes in water content will yield off-color results
    6. Always ample test prior to pouring your entire concrete slab. You want to make sure the color matches your expectations
    7. Once the concrete mix is poured protect your concrete from any other construction activity while the concrete is curing.

    METHODS

    Mixing

    Color charts and codes are based on pounds of pigment per 94 lb (43 kg) of cement mate-rial, including Portland cement, silica fume, fly ash and lime. Sand and aggregates are not used in this ratio. The maximum level of pigment to cement is 10% by weight. Using less than 1% pigment can result in a washed-out appearance. Blue pigments should be mixed dry with any cement-based material to ensure even color distribution.

    When an exact color match is required, complete a test pour, mixing the exact ingredient and ratios that will be use onsite. When custom blends are made for countertops, ready mixes, overlays, curbing, mortar, grouts and other cement based products, the colors hold true within an acceptable range to most users, especially when the mixture has been adjusted to meet specification needs of the mix and the project application

    Truck Pours

    For a standard mix, the simplest method to convert the values on the color chart to a specific pour is to multiply the poundage on the chart by 5 to determine how much pigment per yard is needed. Consistency with the pigment per yard ratio is critical in achieving matching pours. The water level and mix ratios in each load are critical as well. It is essential to know how much concrete is in the truck, not just how much will be poured.

    Dispense the pigment in the back of the truck, using the hose to clean the fins and ensuring that no loose pigment remains to cause streak-ing. Spinning the mix for 10 – 15 minutes is gener-ally sufficient to properly disperse the pigment. Place and work the concrete as normal.

    As the concrete sets, the color will appear to fade. This is caused by the concrete dispensing powder on the surface and will be resolved by sealing this in the same way as a decorative concrete would be sealed. Once sealed, the color should be stable and considerably darker than at first appearance pre-seal.

    PERFORMANCE

    For Optimal Results

    • Use the same brand of cement aggregates and sand, as well as the same cement to pigment ratio until project completion.
    • In order to avoid undesired discoloration do not use calcium chloride as a set accelerator
    • Difference in slump may produce a noticeable difference in color between batches
    • Use local exhaust or bag-house for ventilation
    • If material is release or spilled, scoop or vacuum the floor and wash with water
    • To avoid color variation, be consistent in all stages of the batching mixing, forming/placing and hardening of concrete

    Reducing Efflorescence

    • Ensure that the aggregate-cement ratio is sufficient to enable the cement paste to completely fill the voids between the aggregate particles after compaction
    • To minimize air voids that remain after cement hydration, add the concrete mix only to the minimum amount of water needed to achieve required work-ability
    • Select sands and aggregates for the mix design carefully, as appropriate particle size and shape can help to improve mechanical compaction, effectively squeezing air voids and allowing them to be replaced with the cement paste
    • Use local exhaust or bag-house for ventilation
    • If material is release or spilled, scoop or vacuum the floor and wash with water
    • To avoid color variation, be consistent in all stages of the batching mixing, forming/placing and hardening of concrete

    We offer a variety of protective concrete coatings including water and solvent based acrylic and polyurethane sealers. Sealer application to the surface block the concrete pores and form impermeable barriers to protect concrete color. Choose from high-gloss, gloss, satin and matte finishes

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