3 WAYS TO LOCK IN CONSISTENCY
CONSISTENT COLOR. EVERYTIME.
1. CANISTER COLORS
GRAY MORTAR TO COLORED MORTAR
ONE CANISTER AT A TIME
1 CAN + 1 BAG = CONSISTENT COLOR
The SPEC MIX® Color Canister System is the perfect way to make colored mortar for any size project and application. From building an interior brick fireplace to pointing the joints around stone veneer units, SPEC MIX Color Canisters allow you to consistently make gray mortar to match the color of your choice. Just pick a color from the SPEC MIX Colored Mortar Channel Kit, then using a jobsite mixer add 1 color canister of the selected pigment to 1 SPEC MIX 80 lb (36.2 kg) bag of gray mortar type M, S or N. and let the materials mix for 5 minutes. Simply follow the “1 Can to 1 Bag” for every batch for total color uniformity every time.
SPEC MIX Color Canisters contain synthetic iron oxide pigments specifically weighed to ensure colored mortar uniformity and consistency when mixed with an 80 lb (36.2 kg) bag of SPEC MIX Masonry Mortars. Each color container is formulated to closely match the representative color in the SPEC MIX Colored Mortar display kit.
SPEC MIX Masonry Mortars are factory preblended for quality and consistency. Each SPEC MIX Color Canister is formulated to be mixed with the SPEC MIX mortars listed below to achieve the specified color.
Portland Lime & Sand Mortar (M, S, N)
Masonry Cement & Sand Mortar (M, S, N)
Mortar Cement & Sand Mortar (M, S, N)
Integral Water Repellent Mortar
Building Stone Mortar
Setting Bed Mortar
Polymer Modified Setting Bed Mortar
Adhered Veneer Mortar
Polymer Modified Adhered Veneer Mortar
CANISTER MIXING IS EASY
STEP 1: Using a mechanical batch mixer to ensure mortar uniformity and good workability, add the minimum amount of clean, potable water to achieve the desired consistency. With the mixer running, empty the SPEC MIX Mortar Color container into the mixing water.
STEP 2: Next empty one 80 lb (36.2 kg) bag of SPEC MIX® Masonry Mortar into the mortar mixer. NOTE: Mixing mortar by hand can cause mortar color inconsistency. Only add additional water to
STEP 3: Once all the materials are in the mixer allow 4-5 minutes mix time. Before dispensing the mortar into your tub, if the mortar is not the desired consistency or flow, only add additional water for optimal workability. Use mortar within 2.5 hours after initial mixing.
2. STANDARD COLORS
PREBLENDED COLOR CONSISTENCY IN EVERY BAG
When the project requires more bags of mortar than suitable for the Color Canister System, jump up to full pallets of the preblended Colored Mortar selected from the SPEC MIX Colored Mortar Channel Kit. Simply choose a color from our Colored Mortar Channel Kit and we preblend and package your specific mortar mix in 80 lb (36.2 kg) or 3,000 lb (1,360.7 kg) bags to ensure color consistency from batch to batch.
3. CUSTOM COLOR
PICK A COLOR, ANY COLOR.
The beauty of masonry is that it can be designed and built as a customized system offering endless options to compliment most any architectural vision. The unique SPEC MIX custom colored mortar selection process supports this vision with the ability to produce nearly any color imaginable to achieve the complete masonry appearance desired. The SPEC MIX team of product specialists located throughout North America are experienced at working with project owners and designers to create special colored mortar formulations. Whether it’s matching mortars from existing buildings to picking colors from a spectrum of options, we deliver uniform, consistent colored mortar from project start to finish. To start the process of SPEC MIX custom color matching, contact your local SPEC MIX representative today.
COLORED MORTAR MADE RIGHT
SPEC MIX – YOUR SOLUTION FOR CONSISTENT COLORED MORTAR!
Coloring masonry mortar accurately and uniformly is best achieved by using computer batching systems that dry and preblend all mortar constituents and pigments in a controlled environment. For over 25 years the SPEC MIX organization has utilized this technological process for producing our standard and custom colored mortars and we continue to perfect the system. SPEC MIX Colored Mortar uniformity starts with high quality stable pigments that are pre-weighed to ensure the colorant loading meets each specific formulation.
Our quality assurance process includes carefully weighing each mortar ingredient in the batch before all the raw materials are preblended for a specified time to achieve a uniform mixture. When building owners and designers want a unique color that supports their vision for a project, the options for custom SPEC MIX colored mortars are endless and consistent from batch to batch.
* The sample colors shown in color charts or channel kits are provided to demonstrate the colors available. THE SAMPLE COLORS ARE ONLY APPROXIMATE. Variation in color, shades of color, texture, and aggregate exposure is inherent in all masonry mortars and exact matches cannot be guaranteed. Actual shade and texture will depend on job site conditions, lighting, mixing and installation techniques and types of masonry units used, and may vary from color charts or color channel kits. It is recommended that a sample panel is constructed using all representative materials and allowed to fully cure. The panel should be washed and approved prior to construction.