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I want to mix white cement and silver sand to get the right colour jointing to replace existing mortar. I can't find silver sand locally, can I use an alternative sand?

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  • Thsnk you but Arts and crafts! It's a DIY job renewing the joints between the Indian paving stones for the large patio. I just wondered what the alternative was to silver sand. – Cres Apr 18 at 18:18
  • Try asking for "silica sand" at the building supply house. It is white, like "silver" sand and can be used in mortar. Ask for white. – Jimmy Fix-it Apr 19 at 17:22
  • Thank you. I'll have a look at silica sand. – Cres Apr 20 at 19:52
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I have no idea what silver sand is.

I would be tempted to pry out a chunk of mortar from the existing mortar and go to a specialty tile shop. "Hi, can you match this?"

That said, matching mortar colours is a crap shoot. You may find that to get a match, you will need to scrape out 1/8" of the existing mortar everywhere, and redo it.

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