Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Vasari lime based plaster the ultimate wall finish?
Lime based plasters are unequivocally the most beautiful wall finishes on the planet. No gypsum or cement based plasters can compete with the look and feel, much less the ease of use and working time of lime based plasters.
Lime plasters last for very very long time and improve with age.
Lime plasters are eco-friendly, zero VOC, hypo-allergenic, do not off-gass, they absorb carbon dioxide, are naturally resistant to mold and expel excess humidity.
Our products are breathable, filter the air, are crack resistant, fade resistant, and in the end the ultimate replacement for paint.
Lime based plasters can extend your life and make you happier. Seriously.
Why is Vasari Plaster the best?
We make everything from scratch, giving us full control of our quality and formulations, made as naturally as possible for you.
We believe we make the easiest plaster on the planet to apply. It is also very easy to maintain and repair.
Our products are infinitely versatile in look and feel. Each of our products are extremely flexible in technique, color and effect.
We're pretty sure we have the best priced authentic lime and marble plaster in the U.S., possibly the world.
Can our products be applied in shower stalls?
Yes! Everything can be applied inside shower stalls, although we do not recommend our products for high powered steam showers. Plaster is the ideal finish for showers, much more affordable and easier to clean than tile, and easier to repair as well. We think it looks infinitely prettier too. If you have an interior product and you want to try it outside, add 1-2 quarts of white cement for every five gallons of plaster, depending on how hard you need it and how fast you can work. The cement won’t change the look; it’s still lime-based.
Do we have samples?
Yes. Our standard sample pack is one quart of Veneziano and one quart of Marmorino, both untinted, both are a beautiful natural bright white. You can order any of our sample quarts tinted to one of our 60 standard colors, or almost any custom color you desire. Custom matching is a one time initial additional fee. We have all major paint company fan decks on hand for matching.
We also offer finished sample boards, usually 4" x 6", in all of our custom colors, or in any color you request as long as we have a physical sample to match to.
Do we sell retail or wholesale? Amazon? Do we have distributors?
We sell our products through all of these venues.
Order online at www.vasariplaster.com.
If you need something quicker than our warehouse can get it to you (shipping to the East coast is typically one week), you can ordering on Amazon Prime at:
If you need a large quantity or custom color matching, please call us at 805-667-8454 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do we get our products to you?
We ship via Fedex Ground for large packages, USPS for smaller packages (DHL internationally), and larger orders are packed on pallets and ship by truck with a variety of shippers including UPS, RL Carriers, YRC, Central Freight, and others. Would you like to be a distributor? Contact us, but please be an established business.
Does it is stick to…?
Latex or acrylic water based primer? Yes! Start with a flat primer; don’t use a stain-blocking or shiny primer. Our products stick better and are easier to work when the primer is flat.
Latex or acrylic water based paint? Yes! Cement? Yes! Gypsum plaster? Eh, not really. You should use a flat primer first. But if you know your stuff, you can apply it on ‘hard’ gypsum plasters.
Blueboard? Greenboard? Fiberglass board? Magnesium board? Yes on all but they all have gypsum seams so will need flat primer first to provide even suction everywhere. The same is true with Cement board, the seams will be probably be cement so will need to be primed first.
Oil based paint? No! Prime it as above.
Wallpaper? No! Ideally remove as much as possible and prime it a few times until it doesn’t bubble, then plaster it. You might want to use an oil based primer first on oil based paint and wallpaper, then flat latex primer before applying any plaster.
Does it take a master artisan to apply plaster?
No! In all fairness, it does help if you have a trained, motivated person for the fancier applications. For the really basic (but still very cool stuff), pretty much anyone can do it. The average learning curve is only 20 minutes.
How is it applied?
Our products are applied with a trowel. Basically, It’s fancy mud. Watch our awesome videos for demonstrations. It’s generally a two or three coat process.
Is it eco-friendly?
Yes, very. You won’t smell a thing when you apply it. It’s predominately natural materials. Our materials are hypo-allergenic, absorb carbon dioxide and expel excess humidity. The plasters lend a fresh and clean smell and feel to the rooms where they are applied. Very dark colors might sometimes have an odor to them which will dissipate quickly. Vasari plasters are far eco-friendlier than paint. We source the lowest VOC pigments available.
Like all of our products, Veneziano is made with slaked lime and powdered marble. It contains no sand and is applied in paper thin coats, or slightly thicker. It has the consistency of sour cream. Applied with subtle color variation, Veneziano creates a smooth feel with a beautiful textured look. This product can be left matte with a plastic trowel, or given a low to high sheen using a metal trowel depending on application. For a high gloss, burnishing is recommended as well as a third skim coat. You can achieve a highly reflective finish with this product, even without wax. Please refer to our complimentary videos for more information.
It’s like Veneziano, except it also contains crushed marble sand. Applied thicker than Veneziano, it can be applied like smooth and honed limestone, or in a more textured fashion with craters. Applied with subtle color variation, Marmorino is a very popular finish that cand be applied with a relatively matte to low sheen or wtih deeper variation of color depending on technique. Please refer to our complimentary videos for more information.
Vasari Lime Wash
This is a topical accent coating for our Marmorino and Carerra products only. It's somewhat transluscent and can be left untinted for a gorgeous chalky effect or tinted with colorants for accent. Most buildings in provincial Europe are lime washed.
There are two types of sealers; natural lightweight ones, or synthetic more durable ones. Generally you don’t need a sealer. But if you do, for demanding areas like shower stalls, kitchen backsplashes or commercial areas, we recommend sealers that won’t change the sheen or color of the plaster. We carry a natural soap sealer that is excellent. When plastering showers we recommend a coat of wax in addition to sealing your plaster. We are not currently stocking any waxes but do like Briwax and Triwax, and those come in a vairety of tints.
What kind of homes, projects or designs is it for?
European, modern, Latin, Arabic, eclectic, Asian, tropical, and Craftsman designs. We don’t think it's the best look in proper Colonial architecture.
What’s the difference between plasters?
There are 3 different kinds of plaster: lime, gypsum and cement. Gypsum is usually used as a textured or smooth coat on drywall and then it’s primed and painted. Gypsum is usually not meant to be a finish coat, but is sometimes used that way. It’s not easy to fix or maintain if it’s used as a finish coat. It’s also ugly, yeah, we said it. Gypsum and cement plasters tend to give a plastic look and feel, and these products set up in a matter of 45 minutes typically, where our products will give you years of workability if stored properly.
Cement stuccos crack more the lime stuccos, cement is not very vibrant, limited in color, limited in application techniques, difficult to repair, doesn't absorb carbon dioxide, is not breathable, is not resistant to mold and usually, and generally just doesn't look good. Lime Stucco is the opposite.
Where can you buy Vasari Plaster?
Anywhere in the world! If you’re in the USA, you can buy our products online at www.vasariplaster.com. We have distributors throughout the USA, several international locations, and continue to expand our distributors. Phone us at 805-667-8454 or email email@example.com to ship anywhere in the world. If you want to buy less than a minimum pallet’s worth (less than 12 bags/buckets) shipping can be pricey, even to Canada and Hawaii the cost of one bag of dry mix is usually more than the product unless ordering on a pallet. So quantity will be a much better value if you’re buying from outside the continental USA.
Where is it made?
We manufacture everything in our small plaster factory in Ventura, Southern California. The same place that all of the great high-end wine, cheese and olives come from!
Lime plasters have been traditionally made in Italy, France and other parts of Europe. We are confident that our products match, if not surpass, any European quality plasters.
Why is Vasari better?
We love what we do more than anyone else in the business and it shows. We work very hard to make our products easy to work with, natural, versatile, and affordable. Our goal is truly to be the best.
Why lime and marble plaster?
Lime plaster looks and feels beautiful and is significantly more durable than paint and other wall finishes. It’s really as good as it gets for wall finishes. It’s been used throughout the ages from natural materials and its beauty and resilience stand the test of time. It can be polished, matte or rough textured. Any color. Lime plaster is to paint what real marble is to linoleum. Plaster gives walls a uniquely beautiful and complex patina, is eco-friendly, and lasts longer than paint and other wall finishes; why settle for anything less?