Venetian plaster is a term used for describing putty made with fired limestone and water. The mixture is called lime plaster. This lime plaster is applied on the walls and when it comes in contact with carbon dioxide present in the air it again transforms back to limestone. It starts with a limestone and it even ends as limestone. Venetian plasters have endured the tests of time to provide fine quality of polished plasters. There are no aggregates mixed in venetian plasters. While other plasters like marmorino and tadelakt use crushed marble, glass or granite. The appearance of marmorino and tadelakt is similar to venetian plasters. There are many companies that manufacture polished plaster, Evoke Polished Plaster is one such company.
Grounds to use polished plaster
- Venetian plasters are non-toxic in nature therefore they emit zero VOC’s.
- As venetian plasters are made with the help of natural components they are breathable.
- These plasters are waterproof which makes them long lasting product.
- Venetian plasters can be used in any type of walls whether they are tiled, brick walls, wooden, or a drywall.
- Different finishes can be achieved with venetian plasters like textured, marbled, etc.
Steps to follow for applying polished plaster
- Make sure that the surface of the wall and ceiling is smooth. If the walls are uneven than fill the blemishes with sand.
- Use primer to prime the wall. The primer must be left for approximately 8 hours.
- Use a trowel to work in a consistent manner across the entire surface. The first coat must be smooth not necessarily perfect. The whole area must be evenly coated.
- Once the first coat is dried use a sand paper to remove the unevenness of the surface.
- Later apply second coat similar to first coat. However, the second coat must smooth and even in all places.
- Make a protective covering of wax on the plaster.