With Travertino, a decorative lime plaster – due to it’s grit size and excellent natural binders – you can easily achieve a variety of looks from slightly worn through porous, to smooth, pitted, dragged, slate or stone cladding-like. Furthermore, you’ll see that this Italian plaster is extremely suitable for contemporary (slightly or heavily) textured, cement or concrete features.
Travertino is probably most recognised Italian term in the world of decor and derives its name from the name of a Roman village, Tibur. You can use this Italian plaster for interior and exterior walls and ceilings, as it’s water permeable (breathable), resistant to algae, mould and is completely natural.
Finally, you can further enhance the look (create an aged, coloured or veined look) of this plaster with colour washes like our Samba.
How to apply Travertino Italian plaster
Apply Unifix primer before the plaster to ensure durability and adhesion. After the primer is dry, apply Travertino on as many coats as needed. Once the plaster is completely dry you will need to protect the plaster with Impera Wax. Apply Travertino with a Venetian plastering trowel, use a smaller one for the final coat and a larger for the first.
Impera Italia’s Advice™
The good amount of natural binder (mostly lime) will allow you to apply Travertino with extreme ease compared to other large grain natural decorative plasters. This feature makes it the ideal product for projects where you’d like to create stone-like finishes of great 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.
A: Yes, you can put this decorative plaster even on facades and with the proper protection they can be made waterproof and can be applied in wet rooms. Please consider that you need spend more time on maintaining textured finishes.
Q: Can this lime-based plaster be applied on floors?
A: Apply products especially made for that purpose only on floors, like our micro screed or micro cement.
Q: Is Travertino scratch proof?
A: Travertino is very hard, but not scratch proof. For enhanced durability for commercial or industrial projects please apply our protectors or contact our sales team for further information.
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 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, you shouldn’t use PVA. For Travertino always use Unifix as a base.
Q: Can I redo a wall covered with Traverito?
A: Yes, you can easily redo the wall! First sand it, then cover the texture with fillers or gypsum plaster and finally prime it.
Q: Do I need a specialist to apply these finishes?
A: Yes, you should. An untrained and inexperienced applicator can’t create a consistent design and compact, durable finish.