The Art of Traditional Venetian Plastering

polished plasterCenturies old, Venetian Stucco has been used in homes and commercial properties all over the world. This beautiful and distinct finish relies entirely on highly skilled craftsmanship.

Traditional Polished

Traditional polished plaster is hydraulic lime putty mixed with marble dust, coloured with natural pigments. In essence, limestone is transformed from raw stone into kiln-fired quicklime, then through slaking with water into a thick putty, but once it’s applied, the plastered walls re-crystallize over time by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air; basically it changes back into limestone, thereby creating an unequalled long lasting, crystalline beauty. Take a look at some stunning polished plaster work in Colarado Springs.

Acrylic Italian decorative plasters

Acrylic Italian decorative plasters have synthetic additives which enable higher glossiness, enhanced hardness, flexibility and they ordinarily dry slower. In the early 80’s they were regarded inferior to traditional plasters but after intensive R&D and tests, a new range with improved durability and look surfaced. These days there are many looks and applications which require synthetic Venetian plasters.

Venetian Plasters

Venetian plasters can be categorized depending on the added marble dust’s grit size from Lucido (glossy) to Intona (exterior render, grit size 1.2mm<).

Venetian plasters are applied over a smooth surface by trowel or spatula in thin coats, allowing each new coat to add to the texture, depth and variation, making a stunning final finish. The added marble powder makes it possible to burnish the surface, which is essentially a kind of wet-polishing of the final coat with a special, round-edged Venetian plastering trowel. The heat and pressure of the troweling creates deep, textured colours and very high shine. This final step makes Venetian plaster ‘alive’. Learn more about Venetian plastering in London.

lime based venetian plasteringLime Based Venetian Plaster

Lime based Venetian plasters’ advantages are that they have a very low VOC level (meaning harmful chemicals), because of their alkalinity they are hypoallergenic, mold and algae resistant and ?by absorbing and releasing water when they’re unprotected (called ‘breathing’), they regulate humidity. Lime based Italian plasters are suitable for restoration and listed buildings.

Venetian plasters can be combined with colour washes and metallic effects to achieve bespoke, one-of-a-kind look. To read more about the benefits vs other forms of plaster click here.