With Venetian, a high-gloss, lime-based, Venetian polished plaster you can create mirror-like walls and ceilings of great depth and clarity. As Venetian is a porous, eco-friendly, natural material and naturally regulates humidity (it allows the walls to breathe), you can use it to decorate eco-friendly and passive house (passivhaus) projects, restorations and renovations of old or listed buildings.
Venetian is very ‘juicy’, which means you can spread it and create glossy surfaces easier than with most other lime-based polished plasters! With this Venetian plaster you’ll get a great balance between look and workability and an astounding value for the price.
How to apply Venetian
If you apply Venetian as a finish
A. on its own, on 2 or more coats, you need to use Universal primer as a base. Once the Venetian plaster has been applied protect it with the Impera Wax or Wax D’arte. The right specialist tool to apply this plaster is a Venetian plastering trowel.
B. you can use Grassello Naturale on larger surfaces as a more cost-effective first coat and apply Venetian as the finish (last coat or ‘finitura’).
Impera Italia’s Advice™
Try to apply Venetian on its own and compare it on top of dry or wet Grassello Naturale to better understand the differences between different techniques and find the best method and look for you!
Venetian plaster has many trade names, like Venetian, Polished plaster, Stucco Veneziano, Stucco Lucido, Venetian stucco, Lucidato, Grassello di Calce, Classico, Luciano, but all of them represent one product, a fine putty, enriched with marble dust able to achieve a glossy finish.
A: You should only use this product for interior decor and you have to carefully protect it when you apply in showers and it would get in direct contact with water. For more information discuss your requirements with one of our sales advisers.
Q: Can you put Venetian directly on top of tiles?
A: No, you should not put it directly on tiles, due to it’s fineness; it can not level the grouting.
Q: Can you put Venetian on floors?
A: No, you shouldn’t use it as a flooring, for that purpose use products like our micro cement.
Q: How durable is Venetian?
A: As you apply Venetian on thin coats and due to it’s mineral nature it’s prone to scratching when applied in areas where people can regularly get in contact with it. Our advice is to create a protective coat (of wax like Wax D’Arte or other protectors) to ensure good durability.
Q: How accurate are the colours of Venetian?
A: Even though the colouring methods we use are very accurate, the mineral nature of the plaster and various application methods always affect the colours. Make sure to use the same batch for larger areas.
Q: How resistant are the colours of Venetian?
A: We directly insert and mix the pigments to the product, and once it’s applied the crystallisation (chemical hardening) ensures a good colour resistance.
Q: Do I really need a primer? Is PVA suitable as a primer?
A: The manufacturer’s and our advice is to always use the primer to ensure proper bonding. Please use our Universal Primer for that purpose.
Q: What is the process of applying another finish on top of the existing Venetian?
A: Sand and prime the finish to make it ready for painting or plastering.
Q: Do I need a specialist to apply these finishes?
A: We believe that training is essential to achieve the best look. We advise you to make sure that the applicator is trained and experienced.
Q: How long does Venetian stay applicable when unused?
A: This product has a shelf life of 1 year + when you store it under the correct conditions.