December 9, 2011
Venetian Plaster produces an attractive and elegant three-dimensional finish that enhances both the light and dark tones of the same color. The result is an aged, marble like look. Unlike traditional paint, Venetian Plaster is applied using a trowel with rounded edges. I am including a quick overview of the steps, however for full instructions you should consult the label and the step by step information on Behr.com
1) Load VENETIAN PLASTER onto a steel trowel (with rounded edges) and start at the top corner of your wall. Holding the steel trowel at a 15–30 degree angle, spread a thin layer of VENETIAN PLASTER onto the surface using long and short random strokes. The original wall surface should peek through in certain areas.
2) Wipe off the steel trowel often to avoid dry bits of Venetian Plaster from affecting your pattern
3) Continue this process until the wall is completely covered. Allow the first coat of Venetian plaster to dry for 4 hours before applying a second coat.
1) Returning to the project starting area in the top corner, apply a thin second coat of VENETIAN PLASTER over the previous application. Hold the steel trowel at a 60–90 degree angle and use long and short overlapping strokes.
2) Fill in voids and recessed areas while covering the original wall surface completely. Smooth away any edge marks or high spots with the trowel. Continue this process until the entire surface is covered.
3) Allow the second coat of Venetian Plaster to dry for at least 24 hours and burnish within 7 days of Venetian Plaster application.
1) Using 400 or 600 grit sand paper, rub the complete Venetian Plaster surface in a circular motion. Heavy pressure will burnish the surface more quickly.
2) Wipe with a slightly damp rag to remove plaster dust. Burnished Venetian Plaster should have a smooth, polished finish.
3) Once burnished, use the flat side of a clean steel trowel to rub the finish for an added polished look.
Remember, if you are painting a high moisture or high traffic room, it is recommended that you protect your finish with a coat of Venetian Topcoat. Venetian Topcoat is a clear protector that is troweled onto the dry surface in a similar application as the Venetian Plaster.
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