Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster is a wall and ceiling finish consisting of plaster mixed with marble dust, applied with a spatula or trowel in thin, multiple layers, which are then burnished to create a smooth surface with the illusion of depth and texture. Venetian plaster techniques include marmorino, scagliola, and sgraffito. When 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.

When applied correctly, Venetian plaster can be used to create a highly polished, rock-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.

Venetian plaster can be tinted, or colored using natural or synthetic colorants. The ability to tint Venetian plaster is especially helpful when a specific color of "marble" is desired, or when a color that does not exist naturally is wanted.

Unlike other so called installers, trained by videos and DIY steps from manufacturers, we have technicians trained by Italian masters and who installed Venetian Plaster all over Italy and Europe for more than 15 years.

Health Advantages

As with all Stucco, Fresco and Venetian Plaster wall cladding, the lime presence makes them a natural exterminator of insects and microorganisms, thus a very healthy and long lasting interior and exterior finish coat.

Common Mistakes

  • Using regular Latex or Oil base primer will lead to excessive working time when applying the first coat
  • Using the same kind trowel for Grained VP as for Fine Venetian Plaster will leave a lot of scratches on the surface
  • Applying smaller amount of material than required will lead to uneven coat with a lot of scratches all over
  • Applying the second coat the same day will lead to cracks all over the surface
  • Exterior application of VP under direct sunlight