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Ice-Melt & De-Icing coloration aids in the visual identification of icy areas that have been treated.  With safety being a primary concern in areas such as stairways, pedestrian sidewalks, parking lots, and industrial loading areas, colorant-treated ice melts help to minimize dangerous hazards.  If you are looking for blue road salt dye or colorant we recommend any of the blue dyes listed below.

OrcoTint NS™ colorants are the preferred color ingredient in ice-melt formulations as they have minimal or virtually no staining effects to concrete, asphalt, brick, wood, clothing, shoes, leather, & carpet, and are highly concentrated, environmentally friendly to vegetation, easy-to-use, and visually appealing. These are typically used when wet blending with magnesium or calcium chloride solutions or brine.

OrcoMelt™ dyes are economical and tinctorial strong dyes suited for large volume road and industrial parking lot applications. They are typically used in dry blending. They should NOT be used when liquid magnesium or calcium chloride solutions are present.

Did You Ever Wonder Why Road Salt is Blue (or maybe even Green, or Red)?  Visit our BLOG to find out WHY color is added to rock salt and brine. Drab and Dull Winter has been getting more colorful!

Why use color in Rock Salt or Brine?

Dyes are added for a variety of reasons, including application/spray pattern marking, branding, and product ID differentiation.

Are these dyes safe for the environment?

These dyes are extremely safe for the environment, and they easily wash away with ice or snow melt.

How are these dyes available?

These powdered dyes are available in 25 lb and 55 lb boxes. The liquid dyes are available in 5 gallon pails, 55 gallon drums and 275 gallon totes.

Quick Links:

OrcoTint™ Non-Staining Colorants          |          OrcoMelt™ Dyes

ORCO Ice-Melt and De-Ice Dyes  Technical Bulletin

OrcoTint NS™ Polymeric Non-Staining Colorants


OrcoTint NS™

Technical Info

Royal Blue

 Dark Royal 8711

Glacier Blue DR

Bright Green GL

OrcoMelt™ Salt Dyes



Lightfastness ( 1-8)

Phloxine GR


Rhodamine B


Turqouise LGL


Blue FG


Cyanine Green GHN-A


Actual dye samples must be evaluated in a laboratory on medium to be dyed in production for accurate shade and physical property results. Shades shown on print material and computer monitors are for general reference only as they are inherently inaccurate due to calibration variations and technical limitations of monitors and printers.

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