Frequently Asked Questions

What are the system requirements to run the Concrete Palette™?

The Concrete Palette™ will run on Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP with at least the following hardware:

  • 128 Megabytes of RAM
  • At least 15 Megabytes disk space available
  • True Color monitor or video card (please note that the Concrete Palette will not run if your monitor is not set to True Color)

How true is the Concrete Palette™ to actual concrete?

We have calibrated the on-screen color representation to resemble, as closely as possible, actual concrete reference samples made in our laboratory and viewed under a controlled lighting environment. Despite this, there are several reasons that the color of concrete may not match the on-screen representation.

  • Actual concrete color is influenced by its lighting conditions, surface texture, cement shade, sand color, the amount of water added to the mix, placement conditions and contractor finishing methods.
  • A video representation cannot imitate or simulate the texture and reflectance of an actual concrete surface.
  • Your monitor settings, monitor condition and viewing environment can cause the color displayed to be different from the reference standard.
For these reasons, we strongly recommend making final color selection from a sample pour using actual job-site materials and finishes (see below).

How can I see what my custom color looks like in actual concrete before the project is started?

You should always make your final color selection from a sample pour or sample tile. There are two ways of getting samples of your color in concrete.

The best way is to have your contractor and local "Chameleon™ equipped" Ready Mix concrete company place a small test pour. This is the most accurate way to see what your color recipe will look like mixed with the same cement and aggregates used by your supplier and finished the same way as your actual pour. Allow a few days for the concrete to dry before judging the color.

The second way is to order a concrete tile sample directly from Huntsman. To do this, select the color you want on the Concrete Palette™ and then click on the "Get Sample" button located on the Concrete Palette™ interface. Complete the e-mail form and click send. Your sample request will be automatically sent to our lab. It will take approximately 10 working days to make and ship your custom tile. For the cost of additional custom concrete tiles call Huntsman 323-269-7311 ext. 123 for an estimate.

Is it possible to add my own project photo to the project preview library?

Yes, we can add your photo to the project preview selection. We are especially interested in adding stamped concrete project photos to the project library. Give us a call at 323-269-7311 ext. 132 or send us an email to receive a quote.

What is the estimated color cost calculation based on?

This estimate is based a typical concrete paving project, utilizing a standard 5-sack mix design producing concrete 4" thick with each cubic yard covering approximately 80 square feet. The cost estimate is for the incremental cost of color additives only and does not include costs for the concrete, delivery, contractor installation, site preparation or special finishes.

How do I change my monitor setting to "True Color"?

The process is different for each operating system. These instructions are for Windows 2000. Windows 98, ME and XP are similar.

To change your monitor setting to True Color or Million colors you need to go to the Start Menu - Settings - Control Panel.

  1. In the Control Panel window, open the "Display" icon.
  2. Then click on the "Settings" tab.
  3. Look for a dropdown menu labeled "Colors".
  4. It should say something like "True Color (32 bit)". If it doesn't, try to set it to True Color. If you do not have True Color as an option, consult your computer's manual.
  5. Once you have selected True Color, select the OK button.

How often should I calibrate my monitor?

It is a good idea to calibrate your monitor every time you use the Concrete Palette™ especially if someone other than yourself has used your computer since you last calibrated it.

Why doesn't the Concrete Palette™ have greens and blues?

The reason is higher cost. The Concrete Palette™ color recipes are based on the Chameleon™ primary colors: yellow, red and black. Green and blue pigments are generally not used because they are more expensive than the standard primary colors used in the Chameleon™ color automation system. However, if you want green or blue for a stamped concrete project or other project, you can special order these Davis Colors through your local ready mix concrete company.