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Can somebody give me some advice about what kind of mortar mix I need to re point the stonework on the front of my house. I would like a gray colour to make it stand out and to match the new gray windows when fitted. Any help most welcome.
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Lime sand water, and dye it to the color grey you wish with charcoal or ash. Just make use to use the same measurments each time to ensure a homogeneous color.
There are plenty of guides to using lime-putty mortars. They only drawback is, you must keep every thing damp, for many days. But in the long run, you have a healthier, more flexible wall.
 
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I like to do it at the beginning of the rainy season. The mortar sets better in the moist air.
 
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Hi Philip,

Welcom...

I too would strongly recommend a traditional lime mortar over any of the "modern borders" or any mix that calls for adding cement...

The folks at the following links can talk you through whatever you need. Posting questions here will also get you a wealth of knowledge across the spectrum from professional to great DIYers...

I know the owners and/or have worked with all these companies...accept the last, which comes to me well recommended...

LimeWorks

Mike Edison

US Herittage Group


 
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Thank you so much for all your replys, do you think I could use a mortar gun to apply the lime mortar mix into the joints?
 
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Hi Philip,

I have used "grout bags" for a long time for applying mortar into a deep clean out of old mortars, however for speed, neatness for final surface repointing nothing beats a hand made Ash "pointing stick/trowel" custom fitted to the joint size and a "hawk" full of lime pointing mortar...

Please let me know if you need more guidance and/or join some of the "pro conversation" for "traditional point" on LinkedIn for guidance...

Regards,

j
 
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