Sealant Color Charts
Contractors have multiple options when ordering colored sealants and caulks. The options are based on the quantity of product that will be needed and the project’s architectural requirements. Most color options can be supplied in tubes, sausages, and pails, and applied with complementary dispensing equipment.
Tips on Matching Sealant and Caulking Color
Projects also may require different types of sealants made from different materials, such as silicone, urethane, and hybrid combinations. It’s also important to install products from one manufacturer to help match colors.
Standard colors are the common hues. These basic colors are convenient and can be used when color matching isn’t a priority. Even so, when purchasing materials with standard colors for a single project try to match lot numbers that are printed on the tube or box.
Color Ordering Options
When ordering it’s important to have an accurate estimate of the quantity needed. You want to be sure that the order was formulated on the same lot to have a consistent color from case to case.
On many architectural projects, designers will order custom color. These caulks and sealants require some lead time and often a minimum order quantity, as the manufacturer will dedicate the plant to produce a lot for each project. Try to order a good amount of overage (roughly 10%), as it can be costly for the manufacturer to batch a small quantity.
Managing expectationsIn your pre-job meeting with the general contractor and the owner, it’s important to remember that colors appearing on a color chart often do not exactly match the color in the tube at the jobsite. Charts only offer a representation of color and are intended for use solely as a guide. Final color matching should be made with the actual batch to be used.
Try to establish how long after placement color accuracy can be judged. Weather conditions can delay curing, so keep in mind that color may not be fully developed until cured. Also insist that color assessment should occur during the day in natural light to see the true color.
If possible ask a for a sample of a cured or applied sealant or caulk.
On critical projects, create a wall mock-up early showing caulks and sealants in the construction process. And be sure that the mock-up represents the average as-built conditions, not the highest level of craftsmanship.