Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Jim Ralston is an authority on the GFRC method of concrete countertop fabrication, respected for his expertise in design and building processes. As a skilled craftsman and commercial restoration specialist with 25 years of masonry and architectural precast experience, Ralston brings a depth of industry experience to training in the GFRC method. He has trained some of the foremost trainers in the industry: Cheng & Mandala. Ralston held the first ever GFRC countertop class in the nation in 2002 and has since revolutionized the countertop industry. The course will cover:
  • Mix Design for GFRC
  • Design
  • Demolding
  • Mold Making
  • Finishing
  • Application of GFRC
  • Coloring
Cost: $750 for the first person from a company & $250 for the second. *Class is limited to 18 people.

FLEX-C-MENT Overlay Systems

A factory sponsored two-day class that certifies contractors in all phases of the Flex-C-Ment vertical and horizontal stamp overlay system. This is a hands-on class that covers the use of primer, scratch coat, placement of the product, texturing, stamping, hand carving, and coloring. Completion of this class qualifies the contractor to receive the Flex-C-Ment three-year warranty on the installation of their systems. Although this is designed to introduce contractors to the Flex-C-Ment system, the class teaches advanced techniques and processes. Classes are held quarterly in Dublin, VA, or Salisbury, NC. Cost is $250 for the first person and $200 for each additional person.

CONCRETE STAINS

This one-day class covers the proper procedures for floor preparation and the application of water-based acrylic stains, reactive stains, and dye based stains. Techniques for the use of airless, HVLP, and pump-up sprayers are presented. This is a hands-on class with each participant instructed in the use of all equipment and the application of stain. Sealers and other floor finishes are also covered. Cost is $125.00 for the first person and $25 for each additional person. Classes are held quarterly.

OVERLAY & CONCRETE REPAIR

This one-day class covers the repair and restoration of concrete flatwork using patch material and the application of an overlay system that is decorative, troweled or broomed. The Flex-C-Ment and Miracote systems are demonstrated, including the spray-texture stenciled and pool finish systems, broom applied and troweled applications, as well as texture stamped overlays. Cost of the class is $200 for the first person and $25 for each additional person. Classes are held quarterly.

FLOOR COATINGS : Epoxies & Urethanes

This one-day class covers all phases of installation of floor coating systems. It includes the use of crack repair, joint fill, patching and the application of epoxies and urethane topcoats. Thin mil systems and paint chip flake floors are presented. Proper floor preparation and all facets of the installation are covered and completed by class members. Cost of the class is $200 for the first person and $50 for each additional person. Classes are held quarterly.

Designcrete COUNTERTOP OVERLAY

This is a two-day class that covers all phases of the installation of the DesignCrete countertop overlay system to existing countertops. This is a hands-on class with each participant making three sample countertops during the course of the class. The class covers the installation of the four-coat cementitious overlay system, sanding, coloring, the application of the clear epoxy, and the water-based urethane topcoat. Cost of the class is $295 for the first person and $100 for each additional person from the same company. Classes are held quarterly.