Making realistic Stone Veneer


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Old 07-06-16, 05:37 AM
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Question Making realistic Stone Veneer

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i bought some rubber molds to start a home production of stone veneers but I' thing the colors aren't too realistic. I'm attaching a pic of one batch.

Have someone of you tried this and how did you archive a realistic color?

The little info available online is confusing. Some say to just pour the iron oxide in the mold. Others say to make a slurry and apply it with a brush. some even say to mix the color with the batch of cement.

Your help you be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-08-16, 06:19 PM
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That wall color looks quite realistic to me. A fair amount of random variation is good. Making it more uniform (or trying to) would tend to make it look artificial, in my mind.
 
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Old 07-18-16, 07:05 AM
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Thank you BridgeMan45.

I will post a pic later showing the color problem that is concerning me.

It looks like the white is detaching or depositing away from the main color, giving a "dusty" look to the stone.
 
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I like your stone and i think it looks very nice. I have also purchased some rubber molds for personal use and I'm having trouble with it. I am a contractor and i use veneer stone a lot. So i decided to start making my own. I have used the manufactures directions but I'm not getting the product i want. Im using high early strength quickrete bags. I let them dry for more than 2 days covered and not in direct sun but in 70 plus temp. Stone still breaks when removing. Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks.
 
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Old 04-08-17, 11:53 AM
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Quikrete 5000 (high strength) has been an excellent performer, in my limited experience with it, going back close to 20 years. I suspect you might be mixing and placing it too wet, which can lead to breakage and strength issues. Maintaining proper water-cement ratio is critical.
 
 

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