You can use Marmorino Classico, a versatile, hard-wearing, lime-based Italian decorative plaster indoors or outdoors to create smooth and marble-like, travertine, pitted and dragged effects. Marmorino has been used since ancient times to create high-end decor and due to it’s versatility it’s still one of the most important decorative plasters on the market.
If you prime and apply Marmorino correctly it can last 50+ years and can even be applied externally without protectors! Due to the alkalinity of the lime with marmorino you’ll create bactericidal, fungi and mould resistant walls and ceilings.
For smooth, ‘classico’ marmorino effects you should consider using Marmorino Fino.
How to apply Marmorino Classico
The right primer for Marmorino Classico is Unifix primer. After the primer is completely dry (4-6 hours), the Marmorino can be applied applied on 2 or 3 coats. To ensure the durability and resistance of this finish, protect the dry plaster with Impera wax. Make sure to use a Venetian plastering trowel if you’d like apply this lovely Italian finish.
Impera Italia’s Advice™
Marmorino is a porous, breathing natural plaster, but can be sealed to create durable special finishes in wet rooms, shower cubicles or around the sink (please be aware that the full Impera Italia waterproofing system for lime-based plasters is not available to the public at the moment due to the needed skill level; the best product for a waterproof finish is our Micro cement floor and wall kit). Outstanding sheen can be achieved if the applicator re-burnishes it a few more times while the last coat is drying (while it’s still ‘alive’).
Marmorino means ‘small marble’ and is a general term that describes lime putty enriched with marble grit. Contrary to popular belief, marmorino is not a polished plaster and was never used to describe high-gloss Venetian plasters.
A: Yes, it can be, but it’s not waterproof as it is and must be protected with sealers and sealants. Please take note that smooth finishes are naturally easier to maintain than textured ones.
Q: Can you put Marmorino Classico over tiles?
A: Before applying this product, you should ensure that the substrate is firm and true, without movement. A flexible coating with mesh should be applied on top of tiles, followed by a stronger key coat of Marmorino, before the application can start.
Q: Can Marmorino Classico be applied on floors?
A: No, it shouldn’t. Currently only products marked as ‘For floors’, using the correct method and system can be used for that purpose.
Q: How durable is Marmorino Classico? Is it scratch proof?
A: All mineral-based plasters like Marmorino Classico harden chemically, meaning that they turn back to limestone in about 2 years. On the other hand, it only acts as a decorative coating and should be protected when used for commercial and industrial projects. If you are looking for enhanced durability, please contact our sales team.
Q: How accurate are your colours?
A: Combining industrial colouring methods with the experience of our technicians ensures that the standard colour deviation for Marmorino Classico is less than 6.5 DeltaE, meaning there is only a small difference between batches and coloured products of different sizes. To ensure accurate final colour, please purchase a tester pot and consult with your specialist as application methods and protectors can significantly affect the colour and the final look! Some lighter colours need to be purchased in larger quantities, as due to the small amount of colourants involved there might be a noticeable difference between small and large quantities.
Q: How resistant are the colours?
A: High-quality refined pigments are inserted directly into the Venetian plaster putty, providing exceptional colour resistance. Only darker shades of Marmorino, applied externally might lighten a bit over time.
Q: Do I really need a primer? Is PVA suitable as a primer?
A: PVA and other glues were not devised for coatings of these kinds and generally can not ensure proper bonding and durability. Finishes applied without the proper primers might deteriorate very quickly. The primers supplied by Impera Italia ensure resistance, bonding and durability – finishes applied with the proper system can last dozens of years!
Q: What do we have to do if one day we want to re-do the wall?
A: This poses no problem, Marmorino Classico should only be lightly sanded and primed. Any texture should be covered with fillers or gypsum plaster.
Q: Do I need a specialist to apply these finishes?
A: For guidance, please see the ‘application difficulty’ markers. It’s highly recommended to contact a specialist or get training if the application difficulty is greater than 3. For courses and specialists in your area please contact our sales team.
Q: What’s the shelf life of Marmorino Classico?
A: The product stays applicable for at least 2 years if it’s stored between 5 and 30 degrees Celsius and is protected from light. It’s advisable to cover the material with a foil when storing it for a longer period of time.