Brickipedia - Frequently Asked Questions

Will Bebbingtons Weathering Tint work on mortar, brick, masonry, tile, stone and concrete?

In a word, yes! Our weathering tints are suitable for brick, masonry or mortar. Providing it has a porosity (i.e. it’s absorbent), any material should in theory take in our brush-applied weathering tint. The exception to this rule (and there always is one), is engineering bricks or tiles.

Harder surfaces may need sponging or ragging and may need repeated coats. Don’t worry though – our contracting business can help you.

Just call our office 24/7 and speak to one of the team who’ll be able to give you all the free advice you need.

Will I achieve an even and natural look on my building once I’ve applied Bebbingtons Weathering Tint?

Yes, you will. Years of airborne pollution and natural weathering causes all porous materials to darken with time. No matter how old your building, Bebbingtons Weathering Tints will bill able to blend new materials with old.

Our 24-hour advice and support are all free.

My new bricks and the mortar are the wrong colour compared to the old building. Can Bebbingtons help?

Absolutely, yes. That’s just the sort of problem that Bebbingtons Weathering Tint was formulated to help with.

Is Bebbingtons Weathering Tint a permanent solution?

Yes. Providing its applied in accordance with the guidance, there should be no problems.

If you’re not happy with the result for some reason, we’ll send out our contracting team to lend a hand until you’re satisfied. And, we’ll even knock off the price of your original Bebbingtons Weathering Tint purchase. Only Bebbingtons provide this level of back-up service.

I just need to darken my bricks a little, to blend in with the old brickwork. Can you help?

Bebbingtons Weathering Tint is ideal for this common masonry colour problem. It can be diluted down with water to suit your particular application. If you need help or advice, just give us a call.

Applying Bebbingtons Weathering Tint sounds straightforward. Is it?

If you can paint the woodwork in your house, you should be fine. As with any colour stain, it’s advisable to test in a discreet area first. And don’t forget, we’re always at the end of the phone with any advice or tips you need. You can also take a look at the helpful video on our website.

How does Bebbingtons Weathering Tint alter the colour of my brick or stonework?

Bebbingtons Weathering Tint will give an aged appearance to your building materials without hiding the original features. Details like hearts, kiln marks, feldspar, minerals or fossils will still be visible through the weathering effect.

I’ve been told that soot wash will sort out my problems with new bricks not matching the old. Is this true?

Soot wash (a term to describe the process of weathering or ageing masonry), was a solution often used before brick tinting came along. Primarily used in London but also in Manchester and some other big cities, Bebbingtons Weathering Tint does exactly what soot wash did, back in the day.

Is applying weathering tint the same as painting my bricks?

The method is very similar, but that’s where the comparison ends. Unlike paint, Bebbingtons Weathering Tint does not seal the brick. That’s important because brick should be allowed to breathe. Also, beware that sealing the brick will probably invalidate any warranty you have from your brick or masonry supplier.

Will the original wall and the tinted wall weather at the same rate? How will it look in 20 years’ time?

Because Bebbingtons Weathering Tint is absorbed back into the surface of the building material and does not seal the surface, it is still subject to all the effects of weathering and pollution. So adjacent surfaces will always match the tinted areas.

Is Bebbingtons Weathering Tint safe to use?

Our Weathering Tints use only water-based silicate and mineral pigments. Whilst silicate is a mild irritant, it is not usually harmful. You should follow the usual sensible precautions whilst using this product, such as wearing gloves and eye protection and ensuring you clean up any spillages promptly with water and a mild detergent.

Full safety guidance is available on our web site.

How much Bebbingtons Weathering Tint will I need?

A good rule of thumb is around 8-10 m2 per litre. However, everything depends upon the porosity of the material and the desired effect you’re after.

Don’t forget, we have a 24/7 helpline to guide you. Please do call for some friendly advice – we want you to get it right first time and not waste money on a tint you could end up putting in the garage.

Is Bebbingtons Weathering Tint an economical solution?

If the colour of your new brick, masonry, mortar, pointing or stone is important, there are two solutions; you can rebuild or rake out and re-point or use Bebbingtons Weathering Tint. To avoid having to buy an expensive material to blend in with your existing building, it may be worth opting for a more affordable material in conjunction with Bebbingtons Weathering Tint.

Where can I buy Bebbingtons Weathering Tint?

You can buy it direct from Bebbingtons via our web site or from one of our merchants throughout the UK. Take a look at our ‘Locate a Merchant’ page for details on your nearest stockist.

Have a question that hasn’t been answered here? Get in contact with us and we can help you further.

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