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Before my training in waxed concreteThe company Marius Aurenti, known for all the effects of matter, recently opened a showroom in rue Trousseau, in the 11th district of Paris, where training is also provided. So here I am enrolled in waxed concrete training. I am advised to come dressed in old clothes. Do not hesitate to also bring an old long-sleeved blouse, a beginner's faith!
My arrival at the trainingWelcome coffee with our charming trainer, Emma, and the other four trainees. I learn that there are no more than five or six trainees in each training. As the courses take place in the small basement of the showroom, space is limited. And the trainer has all the more time to devote to each trainee because they are not numerous. Here I am in the company of two Breton painters-decorators, a retired handyman and a creator of objects who wishes to add a string to his bow. Okay, well, I'm less manual than them, but I'm motivated!
Waxed concrete training begins
The application of polished concrete on the wall
Each trainee chooses his waxed concrete color and mixes it. We only make a small dose so we mix by hand, without leaving lumps, especially. In front of us, a board fixed to the wall, which we frame with sticky paper. And here we go! We take material from the bucket using the American knife, which we place on the stainless steel dish. We place the material on the board with a large and safe gesture, over a thickness of 1.5 mm. It is far from obvious. Concrete makes holes. I try to fill them up but I tear off part of what I just did next. It falls on my jeans and my shoes, which must be quickly cleaned to prevent them from remaining permanently stained. Emma intervenes and shows me the gesture. It's annoying: it looks so easy when she does it! Then once the material is applied, it must be "shoeed", that is to say iron the plate by pressing firmly to close the pores to the maximum and give a waxed appearance (hence the name of the technique) . Immediately, the aspect changes and I like it a lot. I apply myself but I'm not going fast. The two painters-decorators have already finished covering their board that I am barely halfway through.