Venetian is a high-gloss, lime-based, polished Venetian plaster capable of creating reflective features of great depth and glossiness. Due to the fact that ‘Venetian’ is a porous, eco-friendly, natural material and naturally regulates humidity, it allows the walls to breathe, which is a crucial feature for eco-friendly or Passive House (passivhaus) projects, restorations and renovations of old or listed buildings.
Venetian is very ‘juicy’ to enable easy spreadability and nice reflectivity; this product features a great balance between look and workability.
Impera Italia’s Advice™
Intended to be used as a last coat on top of other natural Venetian polished plasters like ‘Grassello Naturale’ from CAP Arreghini for incomparable natural sheen, but if cost is not an issue, can be used as it is for a mirror-look with a terrific depth. Highly recommended if the best possible glossiness with natural look is specified!
Venetian plaster has many trade names, like Venetian, Polished plaster, Stucco Veneziano, Stucco Lucido, Venetian stucco, Lucidato, Grassello di Calce, Classico, Luciano, but all of them represent one product, a fine putty, enriched with marble dust to achieve a glossy finish.
A: This product is only suitable for interior decor and has to be carefully protected when applied in showers and gets in direct contact with water. For more information discuss your requirements with one of our sales advisers.
Q: Can you put Venetian directly on top of tiles?
A: No, it can not, particularly due to it’s fineness. The prerequisite for any Stucco application is a seamless surface without movement.
Q: Can you put this product on floors?
A: No, only products marked as ‘For floors’ can be used for that purpose.
Q: How durable is Venetian?
A: Venetian is applied in thin coats and due to it’s mineral nature it’s prone to scratching when applied in areas where people can regularly get in contact with it. Our advice is to create a protective coat of wax or other protectors to ensure the durability.
Q: How accurate are the colours of Venetian?
A: The colouring is very accurate, but the mineral nature of the plaster has to be considered and the same batch should be used for larger areas. On the other hand, the colour accuracy based on the colour charts is high and the difference between batches is nominal; only application methods may alter the look.
Q: How resistant are the colours of Venetian?
A: The pigments are inserted into and mixed with the products, and the crystallisation (chemical hardening) ensures the colour resistance.
Q: Do I really need a primer? Is PVA suitable as a primer?
A: The manufacturer’s and Impera Italia’s advice is to always use the primer to ensure proper bonding. Without it the finish usually lasts for a short time only and is more affected by external agents.
Q: What is the process of applying another finish on top of the existing Venetian?
A: The finish should be sanded and primed to make it ready for painting or plastering.
Q: Do I need a specialist to apply these finishes?
A: In case of Venetian, training is essential to achieve the best look. With this lime-based Venetian plaster it’s easy to create an incomparable (to any other natural polished plaster) effect and glossiness.
Q: How long does Venetian stay applicable when unused?
A: This product has a shelf life of a minimum of 1 year.