Marcopolo Luxury is a unique and elegant special textured paint for interiors that can create features with soft, reflective iridescence. The Marcopolo luxury (sometimes called Marco Polo paint or San Marco Polo) paint is similar to plasters in a sense that it creates a feeling of depth, but is due to the fact that it’s a paint that can be much easier to apply and can provide a variety of looks, based on the application tools.
As the finish dries quite fast (touch dry in 30 mins) the look should be finalised one square metre at a time.
Every litre of Ashley’s Colour comes with a half litre of the appropriate, coloured primer!
How to apply Marcopolo Luxury
Please be aware that Universal Primer is needed to ensure the quality and durability of a Marcopolo Luxury paint finish, without this the paint might fail and doesn’t show the right look!
- Dilute our Universal primer with water (roughly 300mls or half pint to a litre) and apply it with short pile or mohair roller.
- Wait 2-3 hours for the primer to get dry.
- Stir Marcopolo Luxury and apply it with our Italian special effect brush.
- Once you’ve applied a square metre and the paint has started to settle (2-5 mins), the effect can be changed or finalised with a tobacco sponge. In case you do a ‘brush effect‘ use the effect brush or another, clean brush.
- The finish will be touch dry within an hour and completely dry after 12 hours!
How to select Marcopolo Luxury Colours
0070 is silver or argento, 0170 is aluminio and 0190 is gold or oro. You can find the colours starting with “M” and also, starting with “0” in the colour selector, please scroll down and check flat and not flat colours too!
Impera Italia’s Advice™
The Marcopolo Luxury paint is similar to another decorative finish, Marcopolo, but due to it’s finer grain has a more refined, elegant appearance. Almost every bit of the grain can be taken away with a sponge so please touch it only very lightly when creating the effect!
The word luxury was first mentioned in England in the text known as Ayenbite of Inwyt, a confessional text copied by a Kentish monk in 1340, and originally it meant excess.
A: This product is not suitable for exteriors or wet rooms, it is meant to be applied as a special indoor feature.
Q: Can you put Marcopolo Luxury over tiles?
A: Although technically (after priming the surface) it can be applied, it’s not recommended as the texture of the tiles won’t be covered.
Q: How should I remove a feature wall if the paint doesn’t look like as I wanted it to?
A: You should sand the whole wall with 40 to 120 grit (start with the finer 120 grit) then, if the surface is smooth enough you can re-apply the paint! No re-priming or other base coat is needed IF the paint was thoroughly removed.
Q: Can Marcopolo Luxury be applied on floors?
A: No, it’s not suitable for floors. You can using flooring products like our microcement for this purpose.
Q: How durable are these finishes? Is this paint scratch proof?
A: It’s very durable and very easy to repair.
Q: How accurate are your colours?
A: Colours are accurate and repeatable, but eventually, the product’s iridescence changes the observer’s perception of the colour.
Q: How resistant are the colours?
A: It has exceptional colour resistance.
Q: Do I really need a primer? Is PVA suitable as a primer?
A: A special primer like our Universal Primer should be used as PVA and other glues do not ensure the proper bonding and durability.
Q: What do we have to do if one day we want to re-do the wall?
A: The surface only needs to be lightly sanded, the new finish can be applied straight after the primer is dry.
Q: Do I need a specialist to apply Marcopolo Luxury?
A: This product is suitable for any DIY, but please be aware that artistic and/or multicoloured applications do need a specialist!
Q: How long does this paint remain usable?
A: When stored under the right circumstances, it will remain usable for at least 2 years.