Dry Mixed Mortar Chemicals Additive HPMC Powder

HPMC powder, also known as hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, is a widely used additive in dry mixed mortars due to its beneficial properties that enhance performance. Here’s a breakdown of its key characteristics and applications:


  • Water retention: HPMC excels at retaining water within the mortar mix, preventing premature drying and ensuring proper hydration for stronger bonding and reduced cracking.
  • Workability: It improves the mix’s workability, making it easier to apply and spread smoothly, saving time and effort.
  • Adhesion: Enhanced adhesion between the mortar and substrate is achieved due to improved workability and water retention.
  • Thixotropy: HPMC exhibits thixotropic behavior, meaning it thickens upon standing but thins when sheared (mixed/applied). This prevents slumping and improves stability.
  • Slip resistance: By thickening the mix, HPMC minimizes slipping, especially on vertical surfaces.
  • Film formation: It forms a thin film on the surface, minimizing dust generation and aiding in curing.


HPMC finds application in various dry mixed mortar products, including:

  • Tile adhesives: Improves workability, adhesion, and water retention, ensuring strong tile bonding.
  • Self-leveling compounds: Enhances flowability and pumpability for smooth, self-leveling applications.
  • Repair mortars: Improves workability, adhesion, and water retention for effective crack and surface repair.
  • Grout: Enhances workability, sag resistance, and water retention for durable and easy-to-apply grout.
  • EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems): Contributes to improved workability, adhesion, and weather resistance in these systems.
  • Plastering mortars: Enhances workability, water retention, and crack resistance for smooth and durable plaster finishes.
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