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How do you do Polished Plaster?
How do you do polished plaster you might ask? First of all, Polished plaster or Venetian plaster takes years to master any application/project should be carried out by
appropriately trained professionals. If you have a project where there is a requirement for polished plaster please contact us following this link: Contact Us and we will be able to assist you accordingly.
Secondly, there are wide range of Polished plaster / Venetian plaster finishes that have varying application methods, there is no finish that is applied in the same
way. Some of our plaster systems are applied over 2 coats of plaster and some over as many as 4-7 coats and have different sealers or waxes applied which in turn have application techniques to
achieve to correct finish!
Finally, before even thinking about trying to apply polished plaster you will require a deep understanding of the types of substrates that polished plaster can be
applied to, not only in the finishing but in the construction of the substrates is crutial to achieving the best final results. If substrates are not constructed or finished properly you can
encounter some serious issues that may not be able to be remedied once the polished plaster application has been finished amounting to wasted time and money spent. When contracting Marmo
Stucco for your polished plaster project we will provide, in great detail instructions for different substrate types for both construction and finishing to you contractor in order to ensure that the
best possible resutls are achieved.
As mentioned there are many different polished plaster finishes but by far the most recognisable is the highly polished marble finish, Marmorino Spatula! below are
instructions on how we apply this particular finish:
- Apply primer to the wall using a brush or roller and leave to dry. On porous surfaces the primer will dry in 2-4 hours. However, if
applied on a sealed surface, e.g paint, it should be left to dry overnight.
- When the primer is dry, apply a consistent layer of the Marmorino Spatula polished plaster over the surface, keeping trowel lines to a
minimum and leave to dry. In warm conditions this layer may be visually dry in less than an hour, at which time, apply a second layer or paste to achieve a flat smooth and consistent surface. In cold
or damp conditions the drying process may take 4-6 hours or more.
- Any minor lines or blemishes should be sanded off using 320 grit sandpaper and the surface wiped to remove any dust. With dark colours,
sanding should be kept to a minimum, otherwise dust particles may become ingrained and difficult to remove.
- Transferring a small amount of the Marmorino Spatula onto a small trowel, apply as a patch to the surface and then pass over againt to
remove the material. A series of consistent patches should be applied which are not quite overlapping to an area o 1-2m2.
- Pass over the same area once more, filling in the spaces between previous patches. As the patches dry, scrape lightly across the
surface with a clean blade in order to remove any lines or small dried lumps of material then work a final 'tight' coat progressing over the entire surface.
- If you're working solo, after every 2-3 m2, clean the trowel and drop back to trowel and polished the surface. If working in a pair,
the second person should follow closely behind, polishing the surface using a clean blade in a series of small random strokes. If some areas remain darker and do not polished up, it will be due to
excess moisture. In this case, leave for 10 - 15 minutes and polish again.
- Leave to dry and do not apply wax for atleast 2-3 days.
- Marmorino Spatula is a natural mineral material and wil alllow the substrate to breathe if left in its natural state. If protection against dirt and spillage is
required it can be waxed. if this is the case, the surface should be left for several days to dry and cure. The longer Marmorino Spatula is left exposed to the air the greater the level of
carbonation and consequent surface hardness will be.
Is Polished Plaster Expensive?
Is Polished Plaster expensive? This question is only relevant to the budget set aside for the wall finishes on a particular project but we will do our best to answer
it clearly! Our finishes, supply and install are generally charged by square meter and range from £45.00pm2 - £140.00pm2 depending on which finish is specified. Small projects are subject to a
minimum charge. What is a small project you may ask? We class anything under 18m2 as too small to charge per square meter so this is when our minimum charge is enforced. Wall sizes or widths under
300mm are charged on a linear meterage rate as opposed to the square meter as they tend to take longer to apply the polished plaster to.
As mentioned our projects are generally priced per square meter but we look at each project individually taking into accounts all details which may vary the costs
Some may say polished plaster is too expensive but we would disagree. Each of our applicators has a minimum of 7 years experience spent honing his craft, perfecting
it, learning about the different materials, how they behave, the timings, how the environment affects the application, the list goes on. Not to mention the material we use and the lengthly maturation
process it goes through in Italy to become the exquisit polished plaster that we will install for you.
In short, you are paying for the dedicated craftsman that has spent years honing his craft and the finest quality polished plaster material to create a beautiful
Polished Plastering London
For Marmo Stucco London and especially polished plaster in London is a very important topic for us
and we are keen on keeping on top of the latest polished plaster trends whether it be a 'Colour of the year' or textures that our architects are pioneering we like to know and keep up to date with
these trends so they can be incooperated into our finishes / colour range.
Its no surprise that the majority of our polished plaster applications can be found in London. With
90% of our enquiries coming from London based architectural practices or construction companies it really does seem that London is set to stay on top of its game regarding architecture and design and
with it we are sure that polished plaster will continue to be used and incooperated into the designers designs.
When we mention 'You are only a stones throw away' from a polished
plaster interior in London we believe this is true - we also believe you are most probably only a short distance away from one of our London based Polished Plaster projects.
We have worked all over London From Central London to all other four extremities, Working in Londons
landmarks such as "The Gherkin" or St. Marys Axe creating a one of bespoke application for use in a sky high private members lounge. To Office lobby areas in Mayfair, Luxury department stores such as
Harrods - London, Selfridges and Westfield.
You can be sure to find our polished plaster close by when walking around the famous
Polished Plaster London - Paul Smith, Harrods Department
Another polished plaster application carried out by Marmo Stucco this time a completely different
london location and environment - Luxury department store Harrods.
This application was for fashion designer Paul Smith and consisted of 3 striking colours and an off
white plaster - using our Marmorino Spatula finish.
As shown on this page and throughout our website, Marmo Stucco are experts in Polished Plaster
applications and have a vast polished plaster portfolio built predominantly in the city of London. If you are considering specifying polished plaster for your interior projects or are involved in a
project where polished plaster has in fact been specified we would like to work with you and create an interior to add to the growing number of projects being completed in
Venetian Polished Plastering London
At Marmo Stucco we specialise in beautiful Venetian polished plaster London applications
predominantly in the London and Surrey area. We also have a wide range of concrete effect polished plastering wall finishes and Decorative Paint finishes throughout London the UK and abroad. We apply
our venetian polished plaster to all areas in London including Kensington, Chelsea, Mayfair, Notting Hill. In Surrey we have worked in the Weybridge area as well as Oxshott and Esher. We work
alongside major construction companies, architects and interior designers in and around London. Here at Marmo we offer wide range of Venetian marble plastering and venetian Polished Plastering
finishes ensuring we have the perfect Polished Plaster finish for your U.K or London based project.
We offer a professional and friendly service to all our private and commercial clients throughout
London, Surrey, the UK and abroad. All our work is carried out by trained specialist applicators to the highest standards with superior attention to detail. Here at Marmo our mission is to produce
world class Venetian polished plastering applications we achieve this by only using the finest authentic Venetian polished plasters from our Italian based supplier applied by our highly trained and
vastly experienced marble plaster applicators.
We are a team of Venetian Plaster artisans with a passion for creating unique and beautiful Venetian
Plastering finishes. We will work with you from the conception of your ideas and goals through to completion of the work to ensure a unique finished project tailor made to your specific
requirements. Whether a classic Polished plaster interior or a more urban Concrete plaster.
We specialize in beautiful Venetian Plastering applications and lime-based decorative paint finishes
in and around London and Surrey. We work alongside major construction companies, architects and interior designers in and around London and Surrey. We offer an infinite range of Venetian Plaster
We offer a professional and friendly service to all private and commercial clients in and around
London and Surrey. All our work is carried out by trained specialist applicators to the highest standards with superior attention to detail. We only use authentic Italian Venetian plasters imported
direct from italy.
Concrete Plastering London
Our Polished plaster Concrete finishes have been designed to recreate the effect of concrete in
different forms, from polished concrete plaster effects to pitted and distressed concrete plastering effects. Our concrete plaster finishes can be adjusted to suit your taste and also produced in a
block or brick effect. These finishes have a very urban feel and distinctive modern look. Concrete plasters have been a long lasting trend in London for the last few years. You will find many
examples of our concrete work in London’s trendy bars and commercial settings, we have also applied these plaster finishes to residential projects giving the interiors a very trendy look. We can also
make walls look and feel like poured honed concrete or we can produce distressed walls that look and feel like aged concrete we have a variety of, polished concrete plaster
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Venetian plastering London & surrounding areas
Venetian polished Plastering can emulate the gorgeous and glamorous look of polished marble or natural
limestone to your interior plus many more natural finishes. Marmorino Spatula is a smooth finish with huge depth and deep lustrous shine is layered with the multi-dimensional, two-tone appearance of
natural marble surfaces, adding visual interest depth and charm. The warm hues of Venetian polished Plastering are suited to high hand classic interior spaces from residential commercial and retail
to more urban settings like bars clubs and pubs. You can bring your space to life with the unique decoration of a polished plaster concrete finish. These include, Honed, Distressed and polished
finishes plus many more.
Marmo stucco is an Exclusive Company based in Surrey and London dedicated to Excellence, Craftsmanship
and complete customer satisfaction. We can offer an infinite range of venetian polished Plastering designs to our London clients and Finishes to suit your interior style needs and place guarantees on
all work produced. to provide a professional and friendly service to all our customers. We are proud to be using the best possible polished plasters on the market from our Italian based supplier.
Data sheets and technical information about our venetian polished plastering products and manufacturer can be provided upon request.
What is Venetian Polished Plastering?
Polished plastering covers a huge range of different types of decorative plaster finishes and the most
authentic wall and ceiling veneer finish you can have. Venetian Polished plaster consists of mainly marble dust, slaked lime, and marble chips and this is exactly the reason why it has such a
distinctive look. The main use of polished plaster is on walls as well as ceilings. Typically applied over a primer as well as a key-coat base, layering can be as many as 4-7 times. It is also sealed
using a layer of wax for added luxury feel and protection to give a stunning finish.
Polished Plastering start to finish
Polished Plaster is an Old World technique that started limestone rocks from rivers or quarries. By
the use of heat, water and time, the limestone was turned into an amazing slaked lime mix. Mixed with a range of colorants and marble chips, and applied via steel trowels with refined artisan
techniques, Polished Plaster turns an ordinary wall or ceiling into a bespoke masterpiece
This material creates the distinct translucent texture of polished plaster. For centuries, fine
artisans have been creating beautiful walls through the use of limestone plasters coloured with natural ingredients. As you travel through the Mediterranean countries you are able to see these walls,
softened with a rich patina by age. But you don’t need to travel to Europe any longer as these plaster techniques are here at Marmo. They have caught the attention of Interior Designers and
Architects in a major way here in the UK. Although some Venetian Plasters are polished or “burnished” with a sheen, techniques have been developed to give a multitude of different effects from suede
to marble to stone, we even have full rust effect finish that can lend itself as far as you imagination will allow! It is through the artisan’s imagination and the refinement of technique that truly
wonderful effects are created. These effects can be used in many styles.
How is polished plaster made
The process of making the polished plaster involved baking the mined limestone (calcium carbonate) in
ovens or kilns at between 850-1300 degrees Celsius, producing calcium oxide (quicklime), which is then slaked with water to produce calcium hydroxide. The mixture is then left to mature in maturation
tanks. Roman law required the slaked lime to be aged for a minimum of 3 years. This process is called hydration. The result is lime putty or grasselo, also known as non-hydraulic (it will not cure
under water), hydrated, because the lime is chemically bound to the water, or aerial lime because it requires exposure to air to cure. Next, the slaked lime putty is filtered and mixed with marble
flour, kaolin, marble dust or quartz to produce a variety of decorative plasters.
What is Polished Plaster , Stucco Plaster?
Polished Plaster is a smooth shiny plaster made from Lime putty and Carrara marble powders. It is a
natural Lime based plaster that requires a specialist application.
Where does Polished Plaster, Stucco come
The Polished Plaster that marmo stucco supplies comes from Italy. This is now a global brand supplying
Polished Finishes to homes and businesses all over the world.
Why are there different terms for
Many refer to it as Marmorino, Venetian Plaster, Stucco, Lucidato, Spatulata, Veneziano plus others.
These terms can mean the same style of product or something very different depending on how companies brand their product. Always request a sample to ensure you know which Polished Plaster you are
What do Polished Plasters look like?
The finest Polished Plaster Spatula, is very smooth and cold to the touch. It has a reflective
The textures vary greatly depending on the product and style you require. Our Marmorino has a matt
like shine while the Intonachino and Dilavato have textured surfaces. The Chamois / Velvet Marmorino is truly unique with a gentle soft sheen while being very fine in texture.
What polished plaster colours can you provide?
We have a standard colour range and can custom colour the products.
Where can I use Polished
Polished Plastering works well in both domestic and commercial settings. In domestic setting we use
our finishes on feature walls, bathrooms and kitchens. In commercial projects we use them in boardrooms, reception areas, restaurants, bars and hotels.
Can we create something
Yes, we specialise in working with customers to create bespoke finishes. We can even use stencils to
imprint designs into or raised out on the surface of the polished plastering finishes. Please contact us with your ideas as we love a challenge.
Can you apply Polished Plaster to my Ceilings
Walls and Bathrooms?
No we can't apply the Venetian Marble Polished Plaster, Stucco in Bathrooms.
How long will Polished Plastering
In Italy there are many examples of Marmorino on the exterior of the buildings. Therefore in modern
buildings if the substrate is suitable the finish should out live the polished plaster applicator.
How to apply Polished plaster finish Smooth Stucco.
Applying Venetian Polished Plaster, the London Way. (Smooth Stucco).
1. Apply GG Quartz primer by roller or brush and leave to dry.
2. Apply a fine layer of the Smooth Stucco polished plaster / PLVM or Fine Key coat to the wall and
work over the surface to remove any obvious lines or scratches. Leave to dry.
3. Apply a consistent layer of Smooth Stucco polished plaster / PLVM working it into the
undercoat, and pass the trowel over the surface to remove any obvious lines.
4. Leave this layer to dry out a little and when it is just starting to show lighter patches, work a
fine layer of the material into the first coat working progressively across the wall.
5. Trowel the surface at 10 minutes intervals until the correct level of polish is achieved for this
particular type of polished plaster finish.
6. The final surface will be highly polished with subtle movement and variation. Smooth Stucco
polished plaster finish is a natural mineral material and if left in its natural state will allow the substrate to breathe. If protection against dirt and spillage is required it can be waxed with
White Wax or Aquawax.
Peri Peri Polished Plaster
Aug 4, 2019
Marmo Stucco have been working with the architects behind Nandos easily recognisable interiors for the
past couple of years. Over the time we have worked on 8 different resturant projects in London as well as nationally. Swindon, Twickenham, Southgate, Eltham, Dundee, Glasgow, Croydon, Norwich
are to names a few.
We created a bespoke finish which has a distressed textured effect that we now nicknamed "peri peri
polished plaster" applying polished plaster to any Nandos project is a treat as they do tend to push the boundaries design wise and every project has an interesting combination of colours and
textures once complete.
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West Ealing Islamic Centre London
Aug 4, 2019
Marmo Stucco were recently subcontracted to apply 450m2 of our Perla polished plaster to finish to
London Mosque, West Ealing Islamic Centre (WEIL). We created a bespoke colour as per special request from the client and completed our works in a 5 day programme with four operatives working long
hours to finish in time for ramadan.
The polished plaster was applied to columns and numerous wall areas which butted up to beautfiul
bespoke fibrous plaster cornice mouldings and ornate marble stone works.
The client was concerned as the areas are to recieved a high volume of traffic so recommended we apply
a sealer to further protect the finish and make it wipeable and prolong its beautiful appearance.
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Healthy Fast Food - LEON Cheshire Oaks, Chester - White Marmorino Polished
Jun 23, 2019
Following on from Marmo Stucco's recent project for the healthy fast food chain LEON in the Woburn
Centre Parcs restaurant..
Marmo were sub-contracted to apply approximately 100m2 of a colour matched Marmorino venetian plaster
finish to LEON's newest addition located in the Cheshire Oaks outlet village in Chester.
The Marmorno finish was applied to stairwell areas as well as ground floor wall areas. Marmorino, when
applied in white/light tones has a subtle quality that provokes enough interest to determine that something alot more luxurious has been used in the interior as apposed to
The durability of Marmorino make it a good choice for commercial interiors with areas of high
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Nandos Eltham - Peri Peri Concrete Polished Plaster
Mar 24, 2019
Marmo Stucco continues to work closely with Nandos and their designated architects providing our
bespoke "Peri Peri" polished plaster finish to another Nandos, this time in Eltham, London.
In this particular restaurant Marmo applied a dark grey textured polished plaster to one high level
wall which measured 100m2, curving around the perimiter of the restaurant interior as well as 50m2 of a bespoke burnt orange to the lower wall areas towards the rear of the
A stencil was used to recess the infamous Nandos Peri Peri story into the dark grey wall above the bar
area with the same burnt orange colour used on the lower levels as the lettering.
Nandos never shy away from colour and texture when designing their interiors and our versatile
polished plasters provide both!
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Tyers Gate, London
Dec 23, 2018
In November 18 Marmo were contracted to apply 160m2 of our Marmorino Spatula finish to 6 floors
of stairwells as well as a feature ceiling of a new build townhouse near by to London Bridge station.
The project was executed within the 1 week programme by four of Marmos highly trained applicators
leaving the client - who was infact the Director of the construction company extremely happy with their polished plaster walls.
The property received several highend finishes, to which the polished plaster complimented
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Farmer J - Split Concrete Polished Plaster, King William St, London. August
Sep 23, 2018
Marmo Stucco were contracted to apply 110m2 of a rather unique concrete polished plaster effect to the
wall areas for Farmer J's second addition. We used a combination our Lightly Honed Concrete finish and Heavily Distressed Concrete finish in contrasting greys splitting the two finishs with an uneven
joint line. A white wash was then applied to dull the finishes down and soften the effect.
“HELLO. I’M FARMER J, I MAKE GOOD FOOD, THAT’S GOOD FOR YOU. IS READY WHEN YOU ARE, FILLS YOU UP,
DOESN’T REQUIRE A MORTGAGE AND IS NEVER, EVER BORING. I ROLL WITH THE SEASONS, SOURCE LOCALLY WHEN I CAN AND ALWAYS COOK WITH THE BEST INGREDIENTS. IF I WOULDN’T FEED IT TO MY FAMILY, I WOULDN’T FEED
IT TO YOU.”
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