Frequently Asked Questions

Review our list of frequently asked questions to find the answers you may be looking for. If you need further assistance, please contact us and we will gladly assist you further!

No, our product is not a paint. Our products have been designed to penetrate the surface pore structure of concrete, clay bricks, mortar, concrete block, and sandstone. Our products then bond to the walls of these pores permanently attaching our colorants within the surface. Commercially available paints are formulated as a surface coating and as such, largely mask the texture on which they have been applied.

No, bricks or mortar that have been recolored by our trained technicians won’t fade due to the UV radiation in the sun nor will they washout causing a color change. We have thousands of jobs around the world that are proof of this. In addition, we subject our products to accelerated weathering tests in more extreme conditions than would be found in service. Our products come through these extreme tests unscathed. For more detailed technical information please refer to our resources page.

This depends on the type of product that we are recoloring, whether it is bricks only, mortar only, block only, or a combination of either, and the type of color change we are making. Generally speaking, most of our application is done by hand, one brick at a time, or in the case of mortar, by hand inch by inch. We use a variety of different techniques and methods for applying our color treatments. This includes brushing, sponging, rollers, rags, airbrush, airless spray, etc. The correct application is selected to give authentic, cost effective results.

We manufacture and install a number of products. Essentially, our products are water based (or hydrous) emulsions with base polymers, copolymers, and additives. These emulsions carry colorfast inorganic pigments that are adjusted by our technicians on-site to affect the job at hand. The chemist that designed these products for recoloring also developed some specialty products and auxiliary products to work with the recoloring emulsions. Many of our products are Low VOC and contain up to 20% recycled materials, which may help your project qualify for LEED credits.

No, our product is not available to the DIY market for a number of reasons. The main one is that extensive on-the-job-training is needed to know how to formulate and apply the color treatment (this often takes an average of two to three years experience). There is only one opportunity to recolor brick so it has to be done right the first time for authentic, guaranteed results.

Our products were originally developed and tested for vertical concrete and masonry (precast, concrete, bricks, mortar, blocks, sandstone), however we have completed many horizontal surface projects. These types of projects are reviewed prior to acceptance to determine if our treatment solution will be suitable. Because we cannot control the circumstances these surfaces may be subject to, our services warranty on horizontal projects is limited. Contact your local Nawkaw Representative for more information.


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