Concrete plaster on floors and walls is very popular. Seamless finishes that give every room in the house a cool and sleek look. It is often used in wet areas such as the bathroom and toilet, but you also regularly see it in other rooms in the house. On the floor and walls in the living room, for example, or on the kitchen back wall. You could even apply it on stairs or furniture. Do you also want concrete plaster in your house? Then read this article first. We explain the difference between concrete plaster, béton ciré and tadelakt. A question that concerns many. In addition, we discuss what the costs are, how you can apply it yourself, and of course we also show the best inspiration examples!
Difference between concrete plaster, béton ciré and tadelakt
Concrete plaster is actually another word for béton ciré. It is a rubbed finish with typical visible smudges. Originally from France, it is now used worldwide. The material is usually composed of lime, cement / concrete and resin. This depends on the brand. The two most popular brands at the moment are VERBAU concrete plaster and Beal Mortex.
The appearance of concrete plaster is comparable to tadelakt. Tadelakt is a completely natural plaster material, which comes from Morocco. For example, you often see it on the walls and floors in Moroccan bathhouses. After being applied to the wall, the plaster material is polished in the traditional way with a special polishing stone. Then it is rubbed with olive oil soap. This also explains the name tadelakt, which means ‘to rub in’. Compared to concrete plaster, applying tadelakt is a lot more labor-intensive and therefore often more expensive. The main reason people prefer Tadelakt is its more natural look.
Concrete plaster and tadelakt are both water resistant. That is why it is also suitable for wet areas such as the bathroom and toilet. Both concrete plaster and tadelakt are available in different colors. Gray is the most popular, but other colors can also be very beautiful, such as white, black and beige.
Tough and natural
What is very special about concrete plaster and tadelakt is that it can be tough and industrial, but at the same time also natural. That is why it fits nicely in a modern and industrial interior as well as a rural interior . In that regard, you could compare these beautiful wall finishes with steel frames and doors. If you like the Ibiza bohemian and hammam style then concrete plaster and tadelakt is also a very good idea.
The costs for both Beton Ciré and Tadelakt differ per company. With some you pay a little more than others, as with all jobs around the house. In general, you pay for Beton Ciré between € 80 – € 130 per square meter including labor costs. For Tadelakt you have to take into account a price between € 100 – € 140. Pay close attention to the price-quality ratio. The cheapest option is often not the best option. Our advice is to always check reviews, especially from people who have seen results over several years.
Apply concrete Ciré yourself
Concrete Ciré and Tadelakt look super nice, but as you can see above, it is not very cheap. The high costs are mainly related to labor. The work for a specialized Beton Ciré plasterer is quite intensive. You pay for that. If you look at the price structure of Beton Ciré, then 2% is for travel costs, 60% material and 38% labor.
Do you really want Beton Ciré, but you think it is just a bit too expensive? Then you can also apply Beton Ciré yourself. By doing it yourself, you can save 38% on labor and 2% on call-out costs. For example, if you compare with a plasterer who charges a price of € 100 per square meter, you can save € 38 per square meter. For a wall of 5 × 3 meters, that saves more than € 500.
Applying concrete Cire yourself is not rocket science. If you’re a bit handy, it’s not a bad idea to do it yourself. Below you can see how you can apply Beton Ciré juice by step. This can be on the wall (possibly on, for example, tiles, stone, water-resistant sheet material, plaster concrete, etc.), but you can also apply it to furniture, stairs and even floors. The most important thing is that the surface is dimensionally stable, dry and flat. Watch the instruction video below for applying Beton Ciré yourself.
What do you need?
- Masking foil and masking tape;
- Wall filler;
- Primer and putty knife;
- A large bucket with whisk;
- Trowel, trowel, roller and a fine sieve;
- Brush, paint tray and a spack knife;
- Sander or sandpaper;
- Gloves, sponge and wipes.
Step 1 – Masking
With every paint and plastering loop, it is advisable to tape the area well. For example, when it comes to the wall in the living room, you have to think of the skirting boards, the ceiling, the floor and the walls that do not need to be treated with Beton Ciré. That way, those parts stay neat. You can use masking tape and masking foil for this.
Step 2 – Prepare the substrate
For the best result, and to ensure that the Beton Ciré adheres well, it is important to make the surface clean, grease-free, smooth and even. Fill holes and cracks with a wall filler, which you can apply with a putty knife. In addition, it is advisable to prepare the wall with a suitable primer, so that the substrate loses its absorbent effect and the concrete can adhere optimally. The primer takes about 15 – 30 minutes to dry. Then you can start with the next step.
Step 3 – Prepare concrete Ciré
Beton Ciré is a mixture of different elements, consisting of cement powder, pigment powder and a liquid resin. You can see the ratio of these elements on the packaging. It is important to stick to these proportions. You could use scales to weigh the elements. When the right proportions have been created, you can mix it all with an electric mixer. Use a short and slow speed. Make sure that you do not make more Beton Ciré than you can apply in half an hour.
Step 4 – Apply Beton Ciré
When the Beton Ciré has been prepared, you can start applying it. The application of Beton Ciré is done in two layers. Because the first layer is a substrate, this layer does not have to be super thick. Use a trowel for the first coat and make sure to apply a thin but opaque coat. The first coat needs a drying time of 2 – 4 hours. When the first layer is dry, you can apply the second layer of Beton Ciré. A concrete plaster wall is never completely smooth, but contains tough streaks. You can create these smears by applying the Beton Ciré to the wall with movements with a bend. Alternate large and small movements for optimal results. The second coat needs a drying time of approximately 24 hours.
Step 5 – Sanding and impregnating
After it is completely dry, you can sand the concrete plaster wall with a sander. Use sandpaper with a grain size of 120 or more for this. Sanding ensures that the concrete look effect is even better. Then you can make it completely dust-free with a cloth. The last thing to do is impregnate the concrete plaster wall with a specially supplied sealer / coating. This ensures that the Beton Ciré is protected against moisture and dirt.
Do you find it a bit too exciting to do it all yourself? Then try it out on something else first, such as a plank. You can practice on that risk-free. If you like the result, you can get started with the real project.
Do you still want to learn from a professional how to apply Beton Ciré yourself? You can go to BonCreations for a free workshop applying Beton Ciré yourself. In one half day you will learn how to get started with preprocessing, lubrication techniques and finishing techniques.