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Please Note: Formulated Colors have a lead time of 7 business days (per single color).

Over the years, we have formulated scores of custom colors based on the Benjamin Moore color wheel. The result of that effort is a huge library of colors spanning the entire spectrum. These colors are available for purchase without a formulation fee, with a typical lead time of 7 business days. You can find a chart of nearly 200 colors in our Catalog of Colors for Concrete.

The Benjamin Moore™ color site allows you to see these colors in a particular room or alongside other colors of your choosing. Click here to visit the Benjamin Moore™ color site. Simply type in the color code from our catalog to explore the color details.

Pricing for Formulated Colors

These pigments are split into three pricing tiers based on raw material cost. Type I colors are the least expensive, while Type III are the most expensive. You can find the Type designation in the catalog, but please call us to confirm the most up to date price for your pigment selection.

How to Calculate Color in Concrete

All colors are formulated as a percentage of the Total Cementitious Binder (TCB) of the mix. TCB is the sum of all cementitious materials in the mix, including all cement and pozzolans. The TCB is multiplied by the "Loading Percentage Rate" (LR) listed with each of the color swatches in the catalog. This determines how much pigment needs to be added to your mix.

 

Here's How it Works:

 

Determine your color. There is a percentage number listed on each swatch in the pure pigments and formulated colors sections of the catalog. This represents your loading percentage rate (LR). As an example, "2058-30 Deep Ocean" has an LR of 8.55% or .0855

 

Determine your TCB. Your mix is a blend of cement, pozzolan, sand, aggregate, and so on. We will use GFRC Blended Mix for this example, which has a TCB of 26 lb. per 50 lb. bag.

 

Determine your number of batches. How much coverage will you get with your mix? This will determine how many batches of concrete you will need to make, which will tell you how much pigment you need. Let's say the piece you are making is 10 sq. ft at 1" thick. The GFRC Blended Mix covers 5 sq. ft at 1" thick, so you will need 2 batches of mix.

 

Round up. Add 10% for spillage and test samples, then round up one more time. These pigments are sold by the pound.

 

26 (TCB) x  .0855 (LR) = 2.223

2.223      x  1.1 (10%) = 2.445

2.445      x  2 (batches) = 4.89

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Result = 5 lb of pigment needed.

 

Best Practices

The final appearance of the concrete product is determined by a combination of several color factors, including surface texture, color of the cement-pigment paste, aggregate color, admixtures, and water/cement ratio. Test using a small batch of your mix design before any large pour. Use the same steps as above to determine your color needs.

 

For quick reference, the Total Cementitious Binder (TCB) of each bagged mix is:

Craftsman Mix: 20.5 lbs.

GFRC Mix: 26 lbs.

ECC Mix: 28.45 lbs.

Artisan 10lb Mix: 5.2 lbs.

Original BR Counter Mix (50 lb. bag): 17 lbs.

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