Butterfield Color's Flat Out Countertop Forming System is designed for creating pan molded countertops and other architectural precast shapes.
Butterfield Color's Flat Out Countertop Forming System is designed for creating pan molded countertops and other architectural precast shapes.

Editor's note:In each issue, we feature sponsors of the Concrete in Artistry demonstrations at World of Concrete 2010. This month, we look at Butterfield Color. Watch the demonstration videohere.

Concrete countertops can be impressive without being a burden for contractors. Keith Boudart, sales and marketing manager for Butterfield Color, illustrated this point by demonstrating the Flat Out Countertop Forming System.

The fast-setting, two-component Flat Out Countertop Mix is glass-fiber reinforced and self consolidating. In the demonstration, the mix was poured into a mold made with small form rails and a specialty base material. The rails' facing tape and protective coating create a sheen on the concrete's edges. Butterfield's melamine base material and reflective casting mat also provide a decorative finish.

Boudart stressed carefully preparing the base material to avoid creating air pockets or leaving oil from fingertips that would mark the finished concrete surface. He also reminded contractors to properly level their molds.

Flat Out does not require vibration, which could produce air pockets that would discolor the concrete surface. Within two and a half hours, a Flat Out panel can be turned upright. It can be polished in six to eight hours.

For information on the Flat Out Countertop Forming System, including polymer admixture and forming accessories, visit www.butterfieldcolor.com.