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Water-based Italian colour wash for Venetian plasters


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Velature is an Italian water-based colour wash, traditionally used for cloudy or antiqued effects. The natural siloxane base enables Velature to be applied exterior and interior and provides great breathability and water repellency. Velature is highly suitable for both traditional and contemporary finishes.

Colour washes are at the heart of Italian decor and are invaluable when creating patina, aged effect or shading on decorative plasters like Marmorino, Travertino, Powderstone or Intonachino. Furthermore, it can be put on top of fibrous, gypsum, lime and silicate plasters.

Currently, if you need a high-level Italian colour wash for Venetian plasters we offer Samba.


Impera Italia’s Advice™

Once a colour which is suitable for the project was purchased the shade can be lightened as much as 100% with water. Should only be applied lightly and once the effect has been worked out, subsequent coats or simply a bit more Velature here and there can finalize the effect.



Although Flemish painters used colour washes extensively, the Velatura technique became widely known through the works of Italian painters like Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Titian.



Tool: brush, sponge, wad or cloth
Dilution: variable from 70% to 100%
Application: after spreading the product with a brush the final effect can be created with
brush: a soft effect can be achieved with short strokes and changing angles frequently;
sponge: the sponge should be lightly dipped in diluted Velature, use a circular movement;
cloth: can be used to remove unneeded colourwash from the surface; the specific movement of the cloth will create the effect
Coverage: as much as 15-20 msq (160 to 215 square feet) per litre per coat

Please view the documents below for more information on Velature.