‘Intonachino Minerale’ is one of the traditional coloured Venetian exterior-interior, lime-based decorative plasters, but has found its way to the interiors of contemporary private and commercial properties all over Europe, the US and Australia. With the carefully selected marble grain of Intonachino a great range of slightly and heavily textured finishes are achievable; also, it can be combined with other lime-based plasters to great effect to create a contrast between smooth and rough.
Grana Fine is of a finer grain size (1mm compared to 1.2mm on average) than Grana Media.
This product can be specified for restoration, listed buildings, passivhaus (passive house) systems and buildings built with traditional methods (lime plastering, etc). Due to the alkalinity of the lime Intonachino is bactericidal and is resistant to mould and fungi.
In order to use Intonachino Minerale you will need to apply Unifix primer. Once the finish has been applied, you should conserve the plaster with Impera Wax. The correct tool for this decorative plaster is a Venetian plastering trowel.
Impera Italia’s Advice™
Intonachino can achieve a variety of looks, from lime-render to contemporary concrete. This plaster is one of the four main decorative plasters every applicator worth his salt should know about.
This type of Venetian plaster is also called ‘Intona’ or ‘Intonaco’ in Italy and has been used for few hundred years to give the building a natural, ‘carved’ look. Similar lime plasters (‘harling’) have been used outside in Scotland since the 18th century and similar materials have been used in the Middle East since ancient times.
A: Interior-exterior decorative plasters like Intonachino Minerale can be applied in wet rooms, but must be protected with a sealer and a sealant. Intonachino doesn’t need any sealers outdoor. For more information please contact our sales team.
Q: Can you put Intonachino Minerale over tiles?
A: Before applying these products you should ensure that the substrate is a firm, true surface without movement. The applicator should start with a flexible coating combined with a layer of mesh before starting with any decorative Venetian plaster application.
Q: Can Intonachino Minerale be applied on floors?
A: No, it can’t. Currently only products marked as ‘For floors’, using the correct method and system can be used for that purpose.
Q: How durable is Intonachino Minerale? Is it scratch proof?
A: Intonachino turns into limestone in about 2 years, just as any other lime plaster, but still only acts as decorative coatings and should be protected for commercial and industrial projects. For any projects where enhanced durability is a must, please contact our sales team.
Q: How accurate are your colours?
A: Colours are very accurate, but the natural nature of the material has to be taken into account. Please purchase a tester pot and consult with your specialist as application methods and protectors usually change the look.
Q: How resistant are the colours?
A: This plaster is manufactured to ensure exceptional colour and UV resistance, but some very dark colours might lighten (outdoors) over time.
Q: Do I really need a primer? Is PVA suitable as a primer?
A: No, PVA is not suitable. To ensure the proper bonding and durability, please use the recommended primer.
Q: What do we have to do if one day we want to re-do the wall?
A: Due to it’s texture this plaster is generally covered with a filler or gypsum plaster after it has been primed, but otherwise (generally) there are no technical issues that need to be taken into consideration.
Q: Do I need a specialist to apply these finishes?
A: Please see the application difficulty. It’s highly advisable to contact a specialist or get training if the application difficulty is greater than 3. Contact our sales team if you would like get trained or need a specialist.
Q: What’s the shelf life of Intonachino Minerale?
A: 2+ years when stored according the advice presented on the datasheet.