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Old 12-11-2017, 03:53 PM   #1
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I'm installing an exterior gold quartz flagstone (irregular) walkway. It's light gray in color with a gold shimmer. What mortar colorants have you used and recommend? I'd like for the mortar to be charcoal gray once dried, without using a sealer. Should I use a black colorant knowing it will fade over time?
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Yes, the black pigment gives you dark gray when used in lesser concentrations. Black will also fade to gray eventually even if used at full strength.

You'll be using very little pigment to move it to dark gray...If you give me your mix size...and you're using powder oxides, I can steer you in the right direction in terms of how much to add...e.g mix ratio and actual volume you'll be mixing at a time.

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I agree with the above comment
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If you use jet black it will "fade*", but using super iron black or other oxide pigments will not fade much over a very long time.

*It doesn't technically fade, the particles are so small they wash out of the mortar.
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Using sand like this helps.
https://www.aboutroofing.com/black-s...SABEgLhz_D_BwE
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Here is the parent company web site.

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Maybe leave joints raked back with bag run natural color mortar, then grout with a colored floor tile product?
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Unfortunately I don't have sand like that available locally. In the past I've used the colorants available at local big box hardware stores, with mediocre results. This is a relatively big project. Is there a brand I can purchase online that's better quality than Home Depot, Lowe's, etc?
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Black Beauty/Dakota Black/coal slag are also the best material to sand in interlocking pavers. It is sharp and does not wash out like normal sand, plus, being black, it looks better with most colors of pavers.
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Black Beauty/Dakota Black/coal slag are also the best material to sand in interlocking pavers. It is sharp and does not wash out like normal sand, plus, being black, it looks better with most colors of pavers.



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