The Decorative Concrete Institute
Are you looking to break into the decorative concrete world? Or, perhaps, are you a seasoned
veteran of the business looking for new ideas and to sharpen your skills? We have training opportunities available for everyone! We've just added several new classes.
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Decorative Concrete Institute
Editing the New Stained Concrete DVD
Week of April 9, 2007
Bob and Lee Ann spend
three grueling days in the studio doing some of the final editing on the new
Stain DVD. If you can imagine, trying to
take 18 hours of film footage and condense it down into a finished DVD. There was so much phenomenal footage that we
did not want to leave anything out.
Having said that, it looks like the new stain DVD will consist of two
DVD's with the first one being approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes and the
second one being 2 hours and 6 minutes.
This project will truly be a one of a kind DVD with valuable information
to help you succeed in the stain business.
Keep an eye out toward the end of June or early July for this new DVD
titled: Stained Concrete and More with
Chemical Staining and Specialty Techniques featuring Kemiko Stains
April 12-13, 2007
Our Kemiko stain class proved to be a big success with
another sell out crowd. This was a fun
class due to the fact that we were able to stain an actual floor on a building
just down the street from the Decorative Concrete Institute. The students were able to see what an actual
stain installation consisted of, with important topics such as: surface preparation, evaluating the existing
floor, saw cutting and masking considerations.
In addition to this actual installation, the class was broken up in to
four separate groups of which each designed, cut, stained and sealed their own
panels. This motivated group of students
proved to be very creative as well as being a great pleasure to work with.
|ACI Conference in Atlanta, GA
April 23, 2007
Bob was asked to be a key note luncheon speaker at the
recent ACI Conference that was held in Atlanta
at the Downtown Hilton. This was a
student luncheon with close to 250 people in attendance. The title of this seminar was Decorative
Concrete from Fringe Fashion to an In Vogue Material. The program covered a wide range of topics
starting with cement mortars dating back to ancient times with the Romans,
Greeks and Egyptians using cement mortars for construction. Also covered were the origins of how
decorative concrete got its start here in the states as well as the different
applications being used and which
markets are most widely using decorative applications.
Stamped Concrete featuring Brickform Products
April 30 - May 2, 2007
The close of the month of April ends with another great,
packed class covering stamped concrete.
The class covered the Brickform product line using such products
as: color hardener, both liquid and
powder release, seamless textures skins, pattern stamping, sealers and chemical
When asked which portion of the
seminar did students like the best, a variety of them made the comment that it
was great due to the fact that this was a real-world training environment. The students were able to patch and repair
problem areas that are common to the stamping process. In addition, they learned how to do
monolithic borders as well as a small set of stairs. (See pics on left of newsletter.)
During this class, Bob and the students
poured a total of 23 cubic yards of both seamless texture and pattern stamped
concrete. It was great because the
students had to pour up against a building which taught them the realities of
having to pre-texture, use the floppy stamp and ultimately hand tool along this
section. Many of the students claim they
were ecstatic with the techniques and skills they learned during this
class. A special thanks to Brickform
representative, John Tutunjian and National Director of Sales, Bob Meador for
your on-going support for these successful stamping classes.
The Decorative Concrete Institute continues to
provide consulting, education, installation and
training to marketplaces across the United States
and Internationally. DCI places its focus on
Architects, Artists, Concrete Finishers, Faux
Finishers, General Contractors, Interior Designers,
Ready Mix Producers, etc. to bring them knowledge
and offer advice on the demands of Interior and
Exterior Architectural Design.
DCI has worked with and continues to work with a
diverse range of industry professionals catering to
the individual needs of each project focusing on
products and designs that are conducive to the
particular environment they are working in. DCI
consults with on-the-job applications and
installations and provides the technical expertise
to complete jobs successfully.