Lightening Coloured Mortar in new Fireplace


Postby Tomsmr » Sun Sep 06, 2015 1:42 pm

We've just had a fireplace (for a woodburner) rebuilt & had asked the builder to repoint with mortar that would dry a light colour (was previously lime mortar). It's come up darker than we'd hoped - is there anything we can put on it to lighten the colour (e.g white blackboard chalk?) that would be heat resistant? Many thanks!
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Postby thedoctor » Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:32 am

Hi,

You could always use heatproof paint or try a selection of coloured chalks Tom but in all honesty its a whole lot better to rake out the mortar and start again. There is a page on the website about matching mortar colours and we suggest in this page that you mix a little bit first and leave it to dry so you can be sure of the colour before you "attack" the brickwork. See http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/Matchmortar.htm

The easy way to rake out the mortar is to put one of these http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/DIY-superst ... r-bit.html in your drill. It doesnt take long and this way you can be sure of a consistant colour before you start.
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