Editor's note: Each issue, this space will feature sponsors of the Concrete in Artistry demonstrations at World of Concrete 2010. This month, we look at Elite Crete Systems. To view the demonstration video, visitwww.concreteconstruction.net.

Elite Crete's Gene Dean showed contractors at World of Concrete how to mix colors for a multidimensional finish.
Elite Crete's Gene Dean showed contractors at World of Concrete how to mix colors for a multidimensional finish.

With today's decorative color options, concrete contractors are no longer limited to dull, gray surfaces. Some exciting new designs are being created after the concrete is dry. Elite Crete Systems' Reflector Enhancer is a fine, colored micro-powder that is mixed with a sealant and applied to the concrete's surface.

Gene Dean, regional director for Elite Crete Systems in Valparaiso, Ind., demonstrated the product. He first applied a base coat of epoxy with colored Reflector Enhancer, then a second and third color. He spread the colors around as he worked. As the particles mixed, they created a unique visual depth.

As the epoxy dried, the color particles settled and a clear coat formed on top. “Once the epoxy starts to congeal, you can move it around to keep the color particulates suspended,” Dean explained. The result was a three-dimensional mix of color. Many in the audience left their seats to experiment with the colors themselves.

Although Dean made the process look easy, he admitted there is an art to it. “You need to have a little knowledge of color when you get started,” he said. Dean advised contractors to invest in a color wheel to see what goes well together. For more, visit www.elitecrete.com.