| If you’re wondering what everything in the kit is for, we’ve got you covered. In this brief guide, we’ll go through the steps to using our Concrete Pigment Trial Kit, and when each of the included products are to be used. Let’s get started. |
MIXING THE CONCRETE
Direct Colors’ Concrete Pigment is used to integrally color mixed concrete, overlay, stucco, plaster, mortar, grout, and other concrete-based materials.
To use concrete pigment, you’ll first need to purchase and mix your own concrete or concrete-based material. We recommend a smooth, quick-dry concrete for fast drying. The packaging for your concrete should have instructions for mixing. But, generally, a bucket or similar receptacle should be used for mixing, depending on the size of the project.
You might need a cake batter mixer or small paint mixer for thorough blending. Ensure pigments have not settled into bottom corners of mixing container or it could result in pigment streaking or specks in concrete finish.
APPLYING THE CONCRETE PIGMENT
Put your Dust Mask, Goggles, and Safety Gloves on. Inhaling or getting concrete pigment in your eyes is dangerous.
In your DIY Trial Kit, you’ll find 5 Packets of Concrete Pigment in shades of your choosing. The amount of pigment added to the mixture will depend on the amount being mixed. To figure out how much concrete pigment to add to your mixture, check out the Coverage Calculator on the Pigment page.
To ensure peak mixing, add the concrete pigment to the concrete mixture at least 20 minutes before pouring, and mix for about 3-5 minutes with a spoon, spreader, or paddle.
Simply separate the concrete into different containers and mix in your color of choice, or mix all in one if you only want one color of concrete. Direct Colors’ wide range of hues give you lots of options for fun patterns and styles. Or, you can stick to a single color for a sleek and modern look.
Allow the concrete to dry completely. If being used for a smaller, DIY project, tap the sides of the mixing container as the concrete dries to get as many bubbles out of it as possible.