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Mortar colour

Postby bob hughes60 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:37 pm

Direct attempt to pick members' brains !
So does anybody have an off the shelf Humbrol etc paint enamel/acrylic or a recipe for getting a basic mortar colour for dressed stone plastic?
TIA

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Re: Mortar colour

Postby 0121modeller » Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:43 pm

I often use Humbrol 121 matt as a mortar colour for most applications inc dressed stone,
however if I'm mortaring "modern" red brickwork I'll use a matt brown.

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Re: Mortar colour

Postby Zunnan » Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:41 pm

I use Revell matt 35 most of the time, it has a very pleasing look to it.

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Re: Mortar colour

Postby bob hughes60 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:09 pm

Thanks for the tips I am off to local store hobbycraft tomorrow to have a look for humbrol matt enamel 121 pale stone and revell matt 32135 flesh - ( if I translated the numbers right.)
Wonderland models has excellent paint charts on their site for anybody interested.
Thanks again.
Bob

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Re: Mortar colour

Postby Zunnan » Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:05 pm

Just for illustrative purposes, its extreme cruel close up time.

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Wills English bond plasticard painted with my recipe for the engineering blue brick you see around which has smears of red in it, and using Revell 35 for the mortar.

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Re: Mortar colour

Postby Tom@Crewe » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:46 am

I have given my Signal box a base colour of Humbrol 121 and then dry brushed the bricks Humbrol 70 and as I am looking for a aged look it was horrendous

The darker brick colour made the mortar look even lighter.



What's a better base colour for the aged mortar?
Never enough time...........

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Re: Mortar colour

Postby Dublo » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:14 am

Hello all.
In a professional capacity I have to match Historic mortars.
Architecture prior to the reinvention of cement in 1756, would have been built completely with Lime mortars. Which generally speaking created creamy coloured mixes. Lime based mortars tend to three parts aggregate to one part lime. Local sands and aggregates would have been used in these.
Cement based mixes tend to be six parts aggregate to one part Cement. Most cements are grey in colour which tend to produce a darker colour.
The Victorians went absolutely crazy with cement and applied pointing to many a lime mortared building creating a while series of problems

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Re: Mortar colour

Postby TimberSurf » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:04 am

I tend to use cream with a hint of grey (or less black) and mix my own. The trick is that no mortar looks the same in any one area of a wall or building. By not mixing thoroughly, different shades can be applied in different area's. For under a bridge (very damp) I have even used cream and green!
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