Venetian Polished Plaster – A few facts

“Venetian plaster is a faux finish.”

The truth: Authentic Venetian plaster is not a faux finish. In fact, it’s the most authentic veneer wall finish you can have. When natural, lime-based Venetian plaster is applied it will eventually return to it’s original state, which is lime and marble, AKA stone.

Marmorino Venezia Travertino

Marmorino Venezia Travertino

 “Venetian plaster can’t be applied in the shower, on exteriors, or on any surface that will get wet.”

The truth: True Italian Venetian plaster is actually a wonderful choice for surfaces that will get wet. Lime plasters perform extremely well in wet climates by simply allowing any water that is absorbed into the plaster to quickly evaporate and exit the structure. That’s why they’re called Venetian plaster, because they can tolerate rising damp and canal-side applications like in the lagoons of Venice that would cause failure in acrylic and cement plasters.

3 Toned IL Velluto Polished Plaster wall finish

3 Toned IL Velluto Polished Plaster wall finish

 “Anyone can apply Venetian plaster in their home.”

The truth: Well, it’s true that anyone can apply it. But applying it well is a different story. While we definitely aren’t saying you’ll be a pro after one day, however our two day Venetian Polished Plaster course is a good place for a beginner to start understanding the do’s and dont’s of Venetian plaster application. Also, consider hiring a highly skilled professional to do the job.

One of our highly skilled applicators

One of our highly skilled applicators

 “Venetian plaster is really shiny.”

The truth: Yes, Venetian plaster can be brought up to a natural high sheen by compressing the material as it dries. The more compression, the higher the sheen. However, natural lime plasters can also be finished to a rustic matte or satin sheen, depending on which material is used and how it is applied. The possible looks and finishes for Venetian plaster are limitless!

High shine Stucco Da Vinci Wall - like a Mirror Reflection.

High shine Stucco Da Vinci Wall – like a Mirror Reflection.

 

If you have any questions about Venetian Polished Plaster feel free to ask a member of our team.

Are you ready to experience authentic Venetian plaster for yourself? Contact us for all you material needs, or sign up for one of our training courses and learn how to plaster like a pro.