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Colored Mortar

I am working, on a concrete porch. I was going to use a concrete caulk, to fill some cracks. However, the owner would like whatever I use, to match the current color. The choices are a caulk or a colored mortar. So far, I've seen mortar that already colored or a liquid that can be added.

Has anyone done that before? Any product recommendations?
 
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Good luck.
Any repairs are going to show no matter which way you go.
Cracks are caused from something moving, patch it with mortar and it's just going to crack again.
 
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I know that I can't get an exact match. That's why I told HER to pick the color. Are you saying that I'm better off with caulking?
 
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What you have is mason mix and sand and there are several different colors of mason mix to choose from. However, you are at the mercy of whatever the bricklayer used as sand back when the porch was built. It could have been tan sand, white sand or anything in between. A brick distributor will most likely have the closest match if you take a sample of the mortar to them. However, you will have to buy a large bag that will mostly go to waste.

The caulks look like crap, they are self leveling which means they will run all over the place.
 
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I'm not worried about the waste. Mortar is cheap enough. I'm going to leave it up to the home owner as to which product to use. She is an artist. That = what's called a random personality. Most of us here have a sequential personality. Sequential people, mostly men, try to make random people, mostly women, just like them. It took me years, to learn not to do that. However, that's another story which can be discussed, in the psychology sub forum, if one exists or if someone wants to create it.
 
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sika offers sealants in various colors,,, we use white cement & color as needed w/sher-wms's tints IF client pays the addl charges
 
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Payment isn't a problem. Does Home Cheapo sell Sika?
 
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Does Home Cheapo sell Sika?
I believe they do, but this is the self leveling, drip and leak over everything, can't control stuff if I'm not mistaken.
 
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That doesn't sound good.
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