I tested the waxed concrete training

I tested the waxed concrete training

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I had been told that going without a net to apply waxed concrete was risky. So I decided to follow a one-day training course in this delicate technique, at Matières by Marius Aurenti, in the 11th district of Paris. It took me well because, in fact, it is not within the reach of any neophyte.

Before my training in waxed concrete

The 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 training

Welcome 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

Presentation of the equipment, tools, supports, material… the training begins with a theoretical part. Waxed concrete, called "fine smooth mortar" at Marius Aurenti, this is done with the right tools (12 cm American knife, stainless steel trowel, mixer, bucket, sponge, masking paper, cloth, brush, eccentric sander, gloves, mask and tarpaulin) and with the right gestures. Emma also shows us how to mix the cement with the resin, and in what proportions. It is necessary to follow the dosages to the letter to obtain a material with the right consistency. Now it's up to us.

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.

The application of waxed concrete on the ground

Second round of waxed concrete. We start dosing and mixing again and we start, kneeling on the floor. It seems much easier. First of all, we've already taken a hand. But above all, the material is deposited more easily, and we have the full weight of the body to shoe the concrete. We are going much faster and it is gratifying. The problem is back pain. Of course, even if I become super talented, I will not make it my job.

Inward angles, outward angles

After a nice lunch in a nearby bistro, we go back to our basement to apply the second layer to the wall and the floor, only 0.5 mm thick, this time. Normally you would have to wait 24 hours, but this is accelerated training. We have all gained confidence, even if the result is not as convincing for everyone. But our kind trainer assures us that we are all good students. It then shows us how to work inward and outward angles. It looks pretty simple. In fact, it's an eyesore! I project it everywhere except in the corners. It collapses. The "sausage" technique doesn't seem to work with me. Sure, personally, I will not make a shower cabin. I'll settle for a flat surface if I want to keep my cool.

We leave with a waxed concrete training manual

Our work is not dry, obviously, so no question of finishing. But Emma explains everything we need to know: passage of the pore or impregnation, of the wax to the carnauba, of the varnish, maintenance… It's a lot of information at once but we are given a booklet very well done on everything we saw during the day. However, it is better to practice quickly at home if you do not want to forget everything you have learned. Before leaving, a last visit to the showroom convinced us that the polished concrete, when it is well done, is really beautiful and warm. And we want to put it everywhere at home.

After sales service

In the € 230 that the training day costs, after-sales service is included. By that, mean that if you have any questions once you are practicing at home or with friends, you will be given all the explanations necessary to make your work a success. It is reassuring to know that we are not completely released in nature. In addition, former trainees benefit from a 6% discount on the purchase of products.

The next time…

Well maybe I will try the training in decorative plasters (4 plasters in the same day), the lime course or the creation of concrete objects. And I will recommend them to my friends, even those who live in the provinces because Marius Aurenti offers internships in several different cities.

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