How to Mix Concrete & Color

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Mixing color with wet concrete before it is poured ensures that scratches or dents in the dried concrete will be less noticeable since the color is throughout the concrete. You can use either dry, powdered concrete pigment or a liquid form. Consider the basic gray color of concrete when choosing a color. The gray will mute the pigment color in the finished concrete. Most brands of concrete color will have a color chart to help you choose and mix it to your desired shade. You can buy concrete color pigment at home improvement centers and hardware stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Concrete mix
  • Dry pigment
  • Small shovel
  • Water
  • Liquid concrete pigment
  • Pour dry concrete mix such as Quikrete or Sakrete into a clean, dry wheelbarrow ( See Resources).

  • Add dry, powdered concrete pigment and mix thoroughly with a small shovel. If you are using liquid concrete pigment, do not add it at this stage.

  • Add a small amount of water according to the concrete mix package directions. Add a little less than is recommended at first. If you are using liquid concrete pigment, add it with the water. Mix well with a small shovel until the water is evenly distributed. Add more water in very small amounts if the mix is too dry. Mix well with the shovel after each addition of water.

  • Check the consistency and color. Make adjustments if necessary. Add more water, more pigment or more dry concrete mix to get a firm consistency. Draw a corner of the shovel through the wet concrete and make a shallow trench. The trench should hold its shape without any water or dry material accumulating or falling into the bottom. Now your concrete is ready to pour.

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