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Old 10-20-2011, 12:01 PM   #1
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Tinting(Coloring) The Grout.


For the longest time I have been using this method.

Its actually kind of my own recipe

I would like to hear what you guys think and if you have a better method or better mix.

I use 1:1:6 ratio with plasticizing agent and hue added to the mix slowly to achieve color needed.

By 1:1:6 I mean white cement,lime and plaster sand.

What do you guys use?
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I think that is fine, but how could you ever match it?

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I think that is fine, but how could you ever match it?
You mean batches?

This requires two of my greatest tools: empty ice-cream pale and measuring cup

Match is almost 95%

Say you mixed 6 mixes and now you need wheel barrow full.

I get an ice-cream pale of lime,ice-cream pale of federal and bucket of sand.

hue comes in 42 OZ boxes..I chop it in 6 OZ in measuring cup and usually that is enough.

Again it depends on what color you need to get,darker/lighter and it takes some calculations.

Took me couple of **** ups until I got it right....
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I assume you are using liquid tint?
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I assume you are using liquid tint?
I used to. I switched to dry. Easier to work with.
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Then I would not use volume measurements. I can create a difference of 30-40% by weight using volumetric measurements.
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Doesnt everyone buy the little bags that go into 1 batch?
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That is the easiest way, if not the cheapest. The cheapest is to buy a digi scale and once you find your formula, make your own bags.
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What is the "street" value for the bags of the secret formula!
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The pre-bagged is 20-30% more than bagging it yourself, so you can figure it from there. We sell about 100 times as much bulk as pre measured, but then with 10 pigments the range of colors is limitless. We can not stock the premixed, there are too many, so they are special order and also involve freight. Pre-mixed masonry cement is also an option, but again, stocking a multitude of colors is not practical, so they also involve lead time and freight.

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