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Pigments can be utilized for a multitude of coloring uses; for concrete, cement, mortar, plaster, lime, clay, and other masonry products, as well as milk, flour, lime, clay, and other natural based paints and decorative wall coatings. Pigments may also be used for artistic and decorative painting. An endless array of colours can be achieved for all types of applications.

Follow the Coloration Guide to properly mix your pigment. It’s EASY! Combine 1 part pigment to 1 part water (ex: using 20ml of pigment would require 20ml of water), mix well, and stir into your masonry product or paints mixture. Or add pigments directly to other oil-based binders, such as glycerin, resins, waxes, and varnishes. A maximum of 10% volume of the pigment should be added to your mixture. To ensure consistent coloring, keep all variables the same from batch to batch. Variations in the mix design and curing conditions may affect the final color.

Color Rare offers the whole spectrum: from natural earth & mineral pigments for soft natural tones, to the SP series for bright and trendy colors.

Are you looking for a particular pigment? Do you require larger quantities (25KG)? Do not hesitate to contact us; we offer over 900 different pigments….

WARNING  KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. | Do not swallow or inhale. | The use of safety glasses and facemask is recommended due to the risk of projection while handling. | In case of eye contact, flush immediately with water. | If you have sensitive skin, it is recommended to use gloves while handling. |Use with adequate ventilation.

Natural Pigments

Mineral Pigments: Pigments obtained from natural earth, ochres, and oxides (clay containing ferric oxide), extracted from quarries. Good UV resistance, non-toxic.  Yields soft natural tones. Matte and opaque finish.

Effervescent Earths Pigments: Minerals pigment combined with tartaric acid and calcium carbonate to create an effervescent effect when mixed in water. This effervescence optimizes the coloring properties of the pigment and facilitate its dispersion. Extremely good UV resistance. Yields soft natural tones. Matte and opaque finish.

Manufactured Pigments

Enhanced Pigments: Mineral-based pigments, synthetically recolored. Yields bright & trendy colors.

SP Super Pigments: Blend of pigments (organics or inorganic /minerals) that are easily dispersing and highly concentrated. Good UV resistance.  Very little pigment yields bright & trendy colors. Ideal for concrete and lime products. (The color of the pigments prior to being dispersed in water is not representative of their true color.)

Inorganic Synthetic Pigments: Ferric oxides derived from chemistry processes (ex Titanium Dioxide)


Using Pigments to Tint Concrete

The amount of concrete you can tint will depend on the desired color (pale or dark) and the method used.

There are a few options when using pigments to tint concrete.

When “colouring in the mass”, pigments can be mixed with equal parts water directly into the concrete.  Typical ratios when colouring "in the mass" is 10 kgs of oxide pigment/m3 and 12-20 kgs of earths-ochres/m3. (1 kg/m3 = 0.06 lb/ft3 = 1.7 lb/cy)

We recommend using a maximum of 10% pigment per volume and it may be preferable to use a white concrete/cement mix (as opposed to regular grey concrete) for bright colors. The SP line of pigments works well for vivid colours as they are up to 10x more powerful than regular ochres and oxides.

The pigments can also be sprinkled on a wet concrete surface, which can then be burnished with a finishing trowel (or brushed) to create unique effects. Pigments may also be added to the concrete sealer/protective coat. These options will require less pigment than coloring “in the mass”. 

Please contact us for additional products from our European Catalogue.

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