VENEZIANO PLASTER INSTRUCTIONS
SAFETY FIRST: ALWAYS WEAR LATEX GLOVES AND EYE PROTECTION WHEN WORKING WITH OUR PLASTER. USE A DUST MASK OR A RESPIRATOR WHEN WORKING WITH DRY GOODS OR DUST.
Vasari Plaster & Stucco application is simple even though there are many long explanations. Most people figure out how it works within several minutes just by playing around with the product on a few sample boards. You don't have to be a professional or an artist to get excellent results. After working with the plaster on a sample board or wall, you'll get a feel for it. One important thing to keep in mind is that the details of preparation can be as important as the plaster application itself. Simply follow the instructions below or watch our videos, and if any questions come up, please search our blogs, revisit our videos or email us.
Veneziano plaster is smooth and creamy in it's consistsancy. It can have a soft, silky finish with little sheen or be burnished to a high shine. It compliments both traditional and modern settings depending on how applied. Veneziano is made with lime and powdered marble and can be very durable, especially with a sealer or wax. We can make your plaster more durable by special request if going in very high traffic areas. Color combinations and creative styles are unlimited. Our plasters are very environmentally friendly, healthy and its qualities will improve with time. Vasari's hypo-allergenic products will breath with your home absorbing moisture and naturally prevent mold or mildew growth.
WHERE TO USE IT
- well primed new sheetrock with a high grade primer
- previously existing latex paint (as long as it's not peeling off the wall)
- well primed wood (or well primed anything)
- unsealed cementatious coatings
- unsealed concrete
- cement boards, cement blocks, and most dense 'non-flakey' or dusty surfaces
WHERE NOT TO USE IT
- unprimed joint compound
- raw sheetrock
- oil based surfaces
- unprimed geso
Veneziano is mostly used on interiors but can also be applied on exteriors. We recommend sealing it outside. You can even use it in shower stalls (over Marmorino, Stucco or cement for durability).
Depending on how you apply it, a 5 gallon bucket will cover about 300 square feet. That's both coats included. If you're going over previous texture, like orange peel, you'lll get 200 square feet per 5 gallons. If you're doing it really thin and tight, you might get up to 600 square feet or more per 5 gallons over a very smooth surface.
IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN FINISHES
There are several brands of synthetic 'Venetian Plaster 'on the market commonly found in paint and home improvement stores. Our products are not comparable. Our plasters feel like real stone because it's made from stone. The other synthetic products feel synthetic like plastic. There are lots of other natural wall finishes products out there. They all work a little different. So point is -- try to forget everything you ever learned about other products. We don't like using spatulas and tiny trowels to do large rooms. We don't like sanding all day to with fine sand paper to make it look like something. If you're a contractor, like a drywaller, stucco guy or concrete finisher, please, forget what you know. This is completely different...and easier.
If applying Veneziano on drywall, for new construction, drywall or gypsum board should be1/2" to 5/8" thick. This is standard thickness. The drywall should be taped at least at level 4 or 5 for Veneziano. If you're doing thicker coats, you can get away with level 3. This means there were three passes of joint compound on the tape joint. If you still don't understand - just don't have bumpy tape joint. Otherwise, it can be applied to other similar surfaces including 2 coats of Marmorino. For expanding metal lathe / cement (or other types of lathe) we recommend that the product be used as a finish coat only, and that the base coats be of Marmorino, Stucco or smoothly finished cement brown coat.
If a wall is lightly textured (like orange peel), you can use 2 coats if you put the first on thick. If you want to polish it and make it super smooth, you should do 3 coats. If a wall is very textured, consider 2 coats of Marmorino first or extra layers of Veneziano. You can smooth out walls with texture / joint compound, too, but don't forget you'll need extensive sanding and one coat of primer afterward, so it might be more cost effective to use more coats of the plaster.
Any trim around the wall should ideally be stained, varnished, lacquered or finished already. The reason for this is that when trim is worked on; chances are the painter will stain the plaster or over spray lacquer, regardless of how well they mask it. This can leave a messy line between the wall and trim, especially if the plaster will be unsealed. It's harder to install trim on a textured / plastered wall.