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.
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.