Ready-mix concrete colours are powdered pigments that can be added to concrete, plaster, mortar, grout and other cement-type material. Coloured concrete may be used on driveways, outdoor basketball or tennis courts, and architectural elements. As the name implies, it doesn't require premixing. All you have to do is put the bag of ready-mix concrete colour into your material and blend it. There are many shades and hues available from different manufacturers.
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Davis Colors offers a line of concrete colours called Mix-Ready. You put the entire unopened bag of colour into your material and mix it in. The bag disintegrates, allowing you to get a uniform mix of colour. Davis Colors claims its colours are weather-resistant, lime-proof and lightfast. Colours come in 1-, 5- and 25-pound bags. Colours include "cocoa," "light grey," "granite red," "brick red," "terra cotta" and "willow green."
Solomon Colors markets its Integral Colors For Ready Mix Concrete line for architectural concrete stamping, driveways, patios, sidewalks and grout, according to the company's website. Some of the colours, which come in 25-pound bags, include "straw," "peach," "olive," "marigold" and "apple red." Colours can either be poured into the concrete mix, or you can toss in the entire bag, which will disintegrate.
Chromix Admixtures for Color-Conditioned Concrete
Chromix is specifically designed for coloured concrete in an architectural setting. It offers a permanent, non-fading concrete colour. The powdered version you'll need is called Chromix P. Standard colours include "brownstone," "quarry red," "French grey," "antique cork" and "limestone." Chromix also has a variety of custom colours, including "tawny pink," "smoky plum," "nutmeg brown" and "fiesta red."
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