Trying to match bricks from the late 20th century, is not always the simplest of tasks.
Nowadays we have several companies, specialising in brick matching. However, a brick match is not always available.
This was supposedly to be a straightforward, bricking-up of a garage window.
My part was to form a reinforced concrete beam and brick-up the opening to cill height.
I shot over to Leicester to collect 180 bricks from Jewson's who had a quite impressive brick yard. The bricks we had agreed, weren't a good match, in reality, they turned out to be hi-viz yellow.
They had a brick with the same dragged face, but it was an awful colour match. I went for a colour match brick which was immediately rejected by the client on my return.
The client had a go at finding a match, by using our local Brick Match company. Again these were later rejected, as too bright and not the same dragged face.
On the day, that I was due to do the brickwork. The client had found quite a few of the original bricks within his side leanto face down. So he was cleaning the mud of the bricks as I laid them! In his reckoning, he'd probably had enough of the original bricks laying around the property in the first place....
I used Steadfast "Coarse, Light Khaki" Mortar Pointing, to match in with the existing jointed finish.