Properly applied Venetian plaster strikes the eye with its depth of color and unusual texture. With well-chosen lighting, the coating creates the effect of an inner glow. For the most effective application of plaster on the wall, a certain skill is required, but the technology can be mastered on your own.
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It is first necessary to level the surface of the walls, repair deep cracks and clean off the protrusions. It is impractical to level the surface with decorative plaster. The prepared surface is coated with a special primer with quartz. The soil must dry well.
Venetian plaster is applied in three passes. The first layer acts as a base and is made solid. The second layer gives a glossy effect and is applied in strokes, the randomness and quantity of which provides a textured finish. After application, the second layer is smoothed with a trowel.
The third layer is applied with wavy movements or strokes, often two colors of plaster are applied simultaneously. It is the presence of two colors in the coating that gives it a shimmering effect. Venetian plaster dries completely within a day.
The last step in applying Venetian plaster is waxing the coating. The material is applied with a rubber spatula, sponge or woolen mitten, after application the composition is rubbed with a soft cloth. It is the wax that gives depth to the color, provides protection from scratches and fading of the plaster.