What is brick tinting?
Brick tinting is the process of physically changing the colour of brickwork to match surrounding areas by applying a tinting solution to each individual brick or mortar joint.
Brick tinting is water-based pigments that are non-toxic, non-flammable and odourless. Unlike paint which coats the surface, brick tints are absorbed and chemically bonded into the masonry surface. This preserves the original texture and character of the brick, resulting in a natural looking change of colour that’s permanent and doesn’t require any ongoing maintenance. It is unaffected by extremes of weather and UV resistant. This tinting formulation allows the brickwork to ‘breathe’ in exactly the same way as an untreated surface, meaning the continued natural weathering of the building is unaffected.
It creates a seamless look by eliminating inconsistencies in colour between different batches of brick and masonry.
Tinting isn’t a surface coating or paint, its iron oxide pigments and a chemical binder, which are applied and penetrate into the brick surface to form a permanent bond. The process enables us to darken, lighten, or completely change the colour of the brick surface to match up extensions incorrect brick choices previously done.
The brick tinting process
Because no two tinting situations are the same, a specific shade of brick tint has to be developed for each project.
By mixing the appropriate colours and controlling the concentration of the solution, Its a 10 year experience that produces the colour required to correct almost any brick or mortar colour issue. Not only can we tone down colours, in certain situations we can actually lighten the original colour. Once the colour has been established the tint has to be carefully applied by brush to each individual brick or joint.
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Updated text 17/10/2017