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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.
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.
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