‘Travertino’ – probably most recognized Italian term in the world of decor – derives its name from the name of a Roman village, Tibur and is one of the icons of Italian decor since ancient times. With this decorative lime plaster – due to it’s grit size and excellent natural binders – it’s easy to achieve a variety of looks from slightly worn through porous, to smooth, pitted, dragged, slate or stone cladding-like. Furthermore, it’s extremely suitable for contemporary (slightly) textured, cement or concrete features.
The walls and ceilings covered with ‘Travertino’ are suitable for interiors and exteriors, are water permeable (breathable), resistant to algae and mould and are completely natural.
Travertino comes in 2 bases: ready-mixed, which is ready to apply and powder. Powder or ‘Travertino Dry’ should be mixed with water before the application can start. Please call our sales team if you need Travertino Dry in white.
Impera Italia’s Advice™
The natural binders, which allow ‘Travertino’ to be applied with extreme ease compared with other large(r) grain natural decorative plasters make it the ideal product for stone-like finishes of great(er) depth.
Travertine stone has been used for decoration around the world for many famous landmark buildings (the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago and Italy continues to provide the best quality and variety for future projects.
A: This decorative plaster is interior-exterior and with the proper protection can be applied in wet rooms.
Q: Can you put Travertino over tiles?
A: Please create a firm, true surface without movement with a flexible anti-crack coating combined with a mesh first. Then a thicker coat of Travertino should be applied for a complete seamless application.
Q: Can this lime-based plaster be applied on floors?
A: Only products especially made for that purpose should be applied on floors, please see our ‘for floors’ selection.
Q: Is Travertino scratch proof?
A: This is a natural mineral plaster of great hardness and is very hard to damage, but in case you are looking for enhanced durability for commercial or industrial projects please contact our sales team.
Q: How accurate are the colours of Travertino?
A: This product is coloured with industrial colouring methods, which ensures colour reliability. Still, we advise you to purchase a tester pot and/or consult with a specialist as application methods and protectors might affect the desired look.
Q: How resistant are the colours?
A: Travertino has great colour resistance, but dark colours applied outside might lighten a bit over time due to the natural nature of the product.
Q: Can I use PVA as a primer?
A: No, it shouldn’t be used. Glues like PVA were not devised for mineral coatings of the kind of Travertino and can not ensure proper durability and bonding. The advised primers for extensively tested and have been approved for interior and exterior applications.
Q: Can the wall decorated with Travertino be redone?
A: Yes, it can, but first it should be sanded, then the texture should be covered with fillers or gypsum plaster and it finally should be primed.
Q: Do I need a specialist to apply these finishes?
A: Please see the application difficulty. Based on the complexity of the look you might need one; please let us know if you would like to hear our advice!
Q: How long does Travertino Dry or powdered Travertino stay applicable after it’s mixed with water?
A: This product should be used as soon as it’s mixed as in a short time (maximum 2 days) it will completely harden. It’s advisable to use ready mixed products when long shelf life and extended applicability is a requirement. The ready-mixed variety remains applicable for 2 years when stored correctly.