Decorative Concrete Institute

Bob Harris

Consulting • Education • Installation • Training


Chemical Staining & Specialty Techniques

What you will learn: (Why use one color? Increase your skills to increase your profits. Mottled colors, borders, design, etc.)

  • Moisture Testing
    Surface Preparation
    Project Layout
    Saw cutting Techniques
    Staining & Modeling Techniques
    Faux Finishing Techniques
    Floor Finish / Wax
    Pricing & Budget Analysis
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What students have to say about this class:

"Without question, DCI’s training was absolutely the BEST decorative concrete training I’ve attended. Bob and his team at DCI were attentive and responsive to all of our concerns. “Sarge” from Kemiko was also on hand to offer his expertise. Because of Bob’s encyclopedic knowledge base, I will not hesitate to attend another of his trainings. With all of the training, Bob and his staff were also entertaining. I must, at least mention DCI’s mascot “Zeek”. What a lovely temperament. If there’s anyone waiting to jump into the pool, come on in…the water’s great!" __Larry Manning

"Very informative, very hands on. Learned to use all of the tools and mediums. Class gave confidence to go out and get started."__Rick Styles

"What a great experience! Not only does Bob have all the hands-on experience and knowledge to pass on to students, but he is a masterful teacher who can distill all his experience and knowledge into a concise and meaningful classroom and hands-on workshop, so each person can walk away confident in their ability to put it all to use. Lee Ann, Sarge, Barbara, Ron and Zeek helped to make this a wonderful two days. I’ve paid for a lot of education in my life, but this is the best bargain of all!"__Bob Lloyd

"Decorative Concrete Institute far exceeded my expectations.  I would recommend this seminar to anyone who is serious about learning from the best.  Everyone who is involved with Decorative Concrete Institute is polite, professional and very concerned with you leaving with a great knowledge of their teachings."__Corey Craig

"We attended the Chemical Staining and Specialty Techniques course last week with Bob Harris. Education is a good investment in these extraordinary times. What a pleasure to spend time with a hands-on master of his craft.He had lots of equipment as well as a professional and very helpful staff. They filled us up with all the techniques and information we could hold. Plenty of learning to apply to our business quickly. The food in Temple, GA made me want to relocate. Many thanks to all."__Richard Brooks, President, Brooks Custom, Mt. Kisco, NY

"The workshop was great. I picked up several tips that I know will make our engraving & staining jobs a cut above anyone else in our area. Bob & staff were very helpful. The techniques I learned were put to use on the very next job I did. The project turned out great. Gave me the confidence that we can not only meet our customers expectations, but can exceed them. We plan on sending another employee as soon as possible to the next stain class. The workshop was time well spent & a great investment for our company. Would recommend to anyone"...Pat Turner, Decorative Concrete Solutions

"I enjoyed every single minute at the workshop, the techniques, the tips, the art passion of Bob.. everything is astounding!! I will never again think in concrete the same way.. without thinking that it is a piece of art! 

Thanks Bob!  I will send you my first project pics soon!  Best regards!"__Francisco A. Campos

"This was a great class. Bob demonstrated the different variety of textures that can be achieved with skim coats. Very informative. Bob also challenged us to "think outside the box" with our approach to decorative concrete by trying new and different techniques. I gained a new and different perspective by learning alternative methods to decorative concrete. I am confident with the methods and techniques Bob taught in this class that I can duplicate them in a real world environment"__Todd Batey

"Bob Harris and the team at DCI- well, what more can be said? This was my second time here with the Countertop workshop being my first. This class, like the other, covered all aspects of skim coating and the different types of dyes, stains, and sealers that can be used. You will be blown away by the end of the workshop. It allows you to find a new confidence in yourself. I will be here again to further my education. If you're thinking of coming to DCI, don't hesitate to make the call, you'll be glad you did"__Rusty Brooks

"This was my second time being here at DCI, my first workshop was Polished Concrete. What I learned was so worth it. This time I brought an employee with me so he could experience this too. Bob Harris and his knowledge helped us to understand these products and will make it possible to add these products to our growing company. DCI has helped build the AWE Factor in our company and help us not be afraid of dragons! Thanks much Bob, Lee Ann, Jessika, Ron and Patsy"__Clark Blackwood

"This makes the second class I have taken at Decorative Concrete Institute. Both have provided me with the tools and knowledge that I need to take on bigger projects. Bob was very thorough, answered every question, and showed the patience of a GREAT instructor. I just love coming here for the in depth study and the hands on training! Thanks for everything!"__Bruce Zelt

"If you haven't thought about taking a class at DCI to further your education, well, you would be wise to do so. Very knowledgeable about concrete and everything to do with concrete. I learned enough in my first day to pay for the entire three day class."__Adin Bailey

"Awesome, awesome, awesome. I learned so much. Great training. I like how you didn't try to sell me anything-just knowledge!"__Clint Lee

"I would like to give my thanks to Bob and Lee Ann for coming out to Santa Barbara. This was my opportunity to finally attend one of your workshops. Your both very talented and fantastic instructors. Your knowledge and skills are second to none. I would highly recommend DCI to anyone. Learn from the best!! Please let me know when you will be having a workshop in San Diego, CA."__David Salazar

"Coming all the way from Malaysia to learn chemical staining and specialty techniques has been very fruitful. I have learned a lot over the two day, hands-on training session. With the knowledge I have acquired from Bob Harris' training class, I, as a distributor of Kemiko for Malaysia, am able to teach applicators the proper way to do chemical staining jobs. Thank you Bob and Kemiko."__Wan Choung Cheah

"You guys were there when I needed you. The power points kept my attention, the physical institute was extraordinary. The personal exchanges were both professional, intelligent and warm. You meet the needs of so many. Thanks for being there! See you guys in August at the Epoxy class!"__Will Williams
"Bob is an excellent teacher and a wealth of information. We hope to be back to take more classes and highly recommend him if you are interested in getting started in this business!"__J'ne Medellin
"I'm very impressed with the product that we used. I look forward to my next project, using Kemiko stains! Thank you everyone, for the fine job you all are doing!"__Alex Medellin
"Everyone at DCI was very helpful and informative on anything I had questions with. Bob really knows his stuff and will freely give you his knowledge. I came to the class knowing very little about Decorative Concrete, and left with an overwhelming abundance of information. Great experience!"__Nick Ouzts
"Very informative! It was a fantastic learning environment. Thank you very much!"__David Barreto
"It was a great class, it makes me want to come back for all the classes in the future! I never stopped asking questions and getting answers. I enjoyed the whole staff at DCI. "DCI ROCKS!"__Paul Arseneau
"Great gang- a family, like our company. Growing and growing,very informative. I am looking forward to our long relationship. If anyone is doing this for fun or as a profession, this is the place to start. Thanks Bob and all."__Hal Walsh

"I enjoyed the workshop very much. The instructors were great, and I learned so much more than I imagined I would! Thank you very much! Time well spent!"__Peter Johnson

"My goal for attending this class was to develop a higher level of skills & techniques in Acid Staining to set my company apart from my competition. Thanks to the dedication and passion to teach from Bob, Mark & Lee Ann, I feel my goals have been exceeded. I look forward to attending future classes and I consider DCI to be the cornerstone for my continuing education. Great Job as Usual." Regards, Ted Cropp, Floor Space Concepts, Inc., Tucson, AZ

"I enjoyed your class very much, I have been around acid stains for quite a while but after taking your class it opened my eyes and my mind to create effects I would never have known about, until I took your class, keep up the good work and thank you for all your great advice."__ David Tavor, David’s Protective Coatings, Santa Barbara, CA

"I learned that all the colors (acid stains) won’t be the color that it says on the label like the black when it dries its not black its brown and you have to be aware of that, that not all colors will dry to the color its says on the labels. Great class"__Daniel Estrada, D & D Painting, Santa Barbara, CA

"Acid Stain is awesome. The class and what they cover is very important to everyone that wants to learn. Bob answers all the questions that are very easy to understand. This is an awesome experience."__ Cipriano Camarillo-G, OneSource Garage Concepts, San Luis Obispo, CA

"Anyone can stain a bare piece of concrete, but to do it correct and make it look nice is another story. The class here left me with the confidence to create a beautiful stained and sealed floor, that looks good, is functional and will last. Once again the DCI staff was wonderful and Barb and Sarge were knowledgeable, helpful and pleasant. Thank you for a great class."__Dave Dykie

"The course was amazing. Everyone was very helpful in answering questions and the course was very informative. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to learn about acid staining or decorative concrete."__Brandon Ridsdale

"Excellent, concentrated, hands-on course with lots of invaluable information. Thanks to Bob, Lee Ann, Ron, Barb and Sarge."__ Matt Miller (Hibbing, MN)

"I’ve been doing decorative concrete for 10 years, acid staining for three and the information given at the Chemical Staining & Specialty Technique seminar was so vast and complete on the subject, I’ll have to take several weeks to digest it all."___Ted Keskinen (Summerfield, NC) Awesome!

"The information learned from this seminar is invaluable. Thank you to Bob Harris and Staff and Kemiko. All that was presented will prevent many trial and error mistakes, which will save us problems with clients floor, and the pocket book. Another special thanks Barb and Earl Sargent for all of there support and help with our projects."___Javier Bernal

"The Kemiko workshop at the Decorative Concrete Institute was truly an informational packed seminar. Since attending the seminar, I feel extremely confident about the preparation, application of stain, sealers, waxing and the maintenance required for a decorative concrete business to fully understand. The pricing and troubleshooting lessons will be a huge benefit for future projects as well as the confidence to control the many variables of concrete staining."___Daniel Klock, Evenfaux Custom Interior Finishes

"I just want to say that dealing with DCI has been one of the best experiences I have ever had in business. Due to the class and training at DCI, I learned a lot about concrete polishing and the world of concrete in general. Because of the professionalism and help that I received from Bob Harris and his staff at DCI, my business has been able to move forward and prosper. DCI has allowed me to establish enduring relationships with other professionals who really care about doing business the right way!."___Eddie Morrow

"The Kemiko Stain workshop was wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my training at the Decorative Concrete Institute. I had no idea that I would learn as much as I did. From staining, specialty techniques and learning how to create, layout and saw cut our own designs."__Jeanne Neugebauer

"Just attended the Chemical Staining and Specialty Techniques workshop in Douglasville, Georgia a little over a week ago, and wanted to thank you and Decorative Concrete Institute for the experience. Wow! It's amazing how much knowledge and information was packed into two days. It was an eye-opening experience seeing what can be done in the field of decorative concrete staining...the possibilities are truly endless. The quality of the Kemiko product teamed with Bob Harris' vast knowledge and experience and the friendly atmosphere are something that I will never forget. I would have stayed much longer if I could have! It really was an incredible experience...thanks again!"__ Clinton Veach

"In May 2005, one of my employees and I attended the two-day concrete acid stain school that Bob Harris and Kemiko Stain held in Georgia. From start to finish, everyone I dealt with to get registered, teaching the classes and demonstrating the techniques were very professional and friendly. We've been in the business for 2 years and we feel this school will help take our company to the next level which will easily pass the competition in our area." __Ralph Heine

"I was really impressed with the acid stain class. I learned a lot and have gained more confidence working with stains. I was impressed with how my group's slab came out (we did the tile pattern). You have put together a first class operation!" __Ryan McCreery

"DCI are professionals in their field of concrete. They are patient with all the questions being asked at once, and sharing every bit of knowledge they know. I have taken classes here before and learned so much than any book or DVD. I plan on taking more classes if they will have me, to advance my knowledge in concrete. I also plan on getting married here, Bob Harris hopefully will be the preacher. Just kidding. Who ever reads this take Bob’s classes, it will be the smartest investment in your life. “It is more than meets the eye”. Sincerely, J.J. the Great Creative Concrete."__Justin Johnson

"I learned many things in two days. I thought this seminar was the most organized and ease to understand. I enjoyed it very, very much. Thanks for great lessons. Hope to see you again soon."__Sayaka Draper

"Wonderful training, great hands-on. Learned a great understanding of colors and methods to apply. Very nice and helpful staff/friends."__Stephen Winfree

"I am blown away. Our time was utilized to the fullest extent with the right amount of lecture, demonstration and hands-on. I leave excited, encouraged and with a clear picture of where I am heading. Thanks!"___Rick Merrell

"Loved the class! Never learned so much! Hands on!! Easy to understand, Bob is very informative, organized and pleasant! Thanks so much!" __Trey DeAtley

"I am a very hard person to impress, but the word "impressive" does not give justice to the job that Bob and his family do. I have been looking to break into this field for about six months and I really got serious two months ago. I love art and I love creating things. What entices and lures me to the field of decorative concrete is the fact that I can create something beautiful that people will appreciate for years." __Ronnie Campos

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