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Venetian Plaster - Stucco Veneziano

Venetian Plaster is a natural formula composed of organic ingredients, calcium, and acrylic binders creating a decorative paste plaster for interior applications. Polishing the surface compresses the calcium within the compound, creating a narble-like finish, cool and hard to the touch.

This treatment is quite versitile, ranging from a rustic backdrop to a refined and elegant finish.

Choosing your Venetian Plaster color. You can have Venetian Plaster tinted to virtually any color tone you choose. Simply select a color of your choice from any major paint manufacturer and our team at artSparx will custom tint your Venetian Plaster and ship it directly to your location. Just open and start spreading!

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Venetian Plaster

Inspired by the ornate plaster-work of Renaissance Italy, decorative plaster has a millennial history, with origins dating back to the Rome of the Caesars and in the art of Ancient Greece.

It was Andrea Palladio, a famous Italian architect, who in the XVI century re-discovered it through his studies and re-proposed it in the splendid Venetian villas that are still to this day the distinguishing mark of his career. Stucco Veneziano is an aesthetic solution that step by step, conquered Venice and Lombardy, then Italy, and finally entire Europe in the XVII century. Today, venetian plaster Stucco Veneziano restores the splendor of a classic and prestigious finish.


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Lithos Venetian Plaster

Finishing Venetian Plaster with natural polished marble effect

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Lithos is the contemporary version of the famous ancient Stucco Veneziano. It is a beautiful and highly refined decorative finish for hotels, offices, shops, exhibition halls, living rooms, etc. Ideal for all types of interior surfaces such as cement renders, Gypsum plasters, prefabricated panels wood and its by-products, as long as sufficiently smooth. With the range of colours and the applicator’s capacity and inspiration, it is possible to attain a variety of designs and chromatic effects. The resulting coating, in addition to being highly attractive, is abrasion resistant and washable.

Spread rate: 35 to 45 sq. ft. per quart.

0.8 - 1.0 kg/m² (for a recommended dry film thickness of 1,0 mm)

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Venetian Plaster TIPS

Apply more than one coat. If white from the basecoat transpires through the first coat of Venetian plaster application, its OK! The second and third coat will completely cover these areas.

Keep the trowel clean. While adding the second and third coats, it is important to work with a clean trowel. Keep a bucket of warm water near by to clean the trowel as needed and lessen the chances of creating unwanted scratches in the surface

Base Color Quartz Primer - Un-tinted White

Plaster color Vino Rosso

Step-by-step Venetian Plaster tutorial starts here...

Step 1: Preparation

Over new or exisitng sheet rock apply a single coat of Acrylic Quartz Primer. Quartz primer is a light textured finish primer used to create good foundations for applications for venetian plaster and smooth lime finishes. It has fine quartz aggregate mixed into the acrylic primer resulting in a texture when dry similar to 220 grit sandpaper.

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Step 2: Application

Ideal conditions for applying Stucco Veneziano are interior walls with smooth surfaces. Apply a medium size amount of Veneziano to the edge of a stainless steel trowel using a mixing knife. Begin to apply a first coat over a smooth and primed surface. Apply the first coat as thin as possible. In a room temperature environment, Stucco Veneziano's open time ranges from approximately 15-30 minutes. I use long and swift motions to create a smooth and even first layer. I try to create as level and uniform 1st coat as possible.

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Step 3: Scrape off excess.

Once the surface is dry, scrape off any excess or dried product using the edge of the trowel. Make sure the surface is completely smooth and ready for a second coat.

Quartz Primer

Ideal base coat for Venetian Plaster

Quartz aggregate acrylic primer. For use with smooth lime plaster and medium lime plaster finishes.


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Quartz primer is a smooth finish primer used to create good foundations for applications for venetian plaster and smooth lime finishes,including Tadelakt Moroccan Lime Plaster and Maramrino. Fine Quartz Primer and Medium Quartz Primer is granular quartz facing in an acrylic formula. It is a flat finish primer for texture basecoats and preparation. Commonly used to prepare surfaces so that they are perfectly absorbant, smooth, and transpiring. The quartz mineral content creates a stable and integral bond with venetian plaster top coats and mineral based plasters.

Available as Fine Quartz and Medium Quartz aggragate to accomodate different plaster materilas and compounds.

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Step 4: Sand Surface.

Before I begin each new layer I like to use 400 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surface. Sanding in a circular motion blends the layers of Stucco and brings the underlying layers to the surface. Wait at least 1 hour for the first coat to completely dry before applying a second coat.

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Step 5: Apply additional coats.

Repeat the procedure demonstrated in steps 1-3. Alternating to a smaller spatula or hand spatula during the second coat may add more visual texture and depth to the finish.

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Step 6: Polish surface.

Make sure the surface is completely dry before polishing. I use a stainless steel blade and begin to polish the surface using a downward or horizontal movement. Keeping the trowel at a low angle will prevent surface scratching. Using a steady and consistent force while burnishing will help to create a harmonious finish.

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Step 7: Apply wax for plaster.

Optional - A final coat of Wax specially formulated for Venetian Plaster may be applied for added gloss and protection. If applying Wax, allow 1-2 weeks for the product to settle before applying it. Waxing is not necessary for creating polished Venetian Plasters, however, it is recommend for high traffic areas, like kitchens, baths and commercial spaces such as restaurants and spas.

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