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Sometimes, you just need to try before you buy. With Direct Colors’ DIY Concrete Pigment Color Trial Kits, you can do just that. Try your stain in different shades, with different sealer finishes as you test your integrally colored concrete.

Direct Colors’ Concrete Pigment Trial Kit has everything you need to test our integral concrete colorant before you buy it, and to create small concrete DIY pieces for your home.

How the Pigment Color Charts Work

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.


How-To Guide

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.

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