Venetian plaster is referred to by different terms - the most common terms used today are Traditional Marmorino, Modern Marmorino, Stucco Grassello, Venetian Plaster, Marble Plaster, Stucco, Spatulato or Polished Plaster.
All of these describe the finish of some plasters and for the description of new and updated forms of traditional Italian plaster finishes. The term covers a whole range of decorative plaster finishes - from the very highly polished Venetian plaster and Marmorino to the rugged look of textured polished plasters. Polished plaster itself tends to consist of slaked lime, marble dust, and/or marble chips (which give each plaster its distinctive look).
Polished plaster is mainly used internally, on walls and ceilings, to give a finish that looks like polished marble, travertine, or limestone.
Such plasters are usually applied over a primer and basecoat base, from 1 to 4 layers. They are finished (burnished) with a specialised steel trowel to a smooth glass-like sheen. If left un-burnished, Venetian plaster has a matte finish that is rough and stone-like to the touch. Un-burnished Venetian plaster is also very brittle and damages rather easily.
Polished plaster is usually sealed with a protective layer of wax.
When applied correctly, Venetian plaster can be used to create a highly polished, hard, marble-like finish. Venetian plaster is especially useful on surfaces where marble panels could not be installed easily, and on surfaces that would be too expensive to have carved from real marble such as columns, corbels and curved walls. It can also be used to create a feature wall, fireplace or for a complete room.
Venetian plaster can be tinted, or coloured using natural or synthetic colorants. The ability to tint Venetian plaster is especially helpful when a specific colour of "marble" is desired, or when a colour that does not exist naturally is wanted.
At ShaunPaul, we offer the polished Venetian plaster finishes which can be applied in any room and can also be waterproofed.
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