What type of sand should be used to make white mortar?

Answered by Brendan ~ January 25, 2011 ~ No Comments

My builder used a light yellow sand and white cement to make white mortar for laying bricks. I asked for white mortar and now it looks yellow to me. He said there was no way to get a pure white, which I believe there is. I had a previous home and we used white sand. Advise on what to do next...thank you.

Maynard ~ Madison, Wisconsin

Brendan Fowler

If the bricks have been laid, there is not much you can do to make the mortar whiter short of using masonry paint to paint the mortar white. You can get white mortar, but you have to use white sand in the mixing process. This is a tough one. I wish I had a simple solution, but I do not know of one. Good Luck.

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