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    Concrete pigment is a dry powder that is used to add color to concrete, stucco, mortar, grout, plaster, countertop mix, concrete overlay and other cement based materials.  Pigments are also used in the ceramic industry and by DIYers to create anything from sculptures to planters. 
    Direct Colors concrete pigments deliver superior uniformity in color, strenght and light-fastness and are available in over 100 colors.




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

    WHT-201-0 Skye Blue color is obtained by mixing 0.5 lbs of pigment powder per 94 lbs sack of white cement.
    WHT-201-2 Macaw Blue color is obtained by mixing 2 lbs of pigment powder per 94 lbs sack of white cement.
    WHT-201-7 Nautical 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.


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    What is the difference between concrete and cement?

    Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, they are NOT the same thing. Cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand and aggregates such as gravel or crushed stone.

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  • How-To Apply Concrete Pigment.pdf

    How-To Apply Concrete Pigment
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