Venetian Plaster application
Marmorino is a classic finish.That is shiny and of great depth. The finish maintains a very smooth texture. The movement between colour values is gradual and reflects the light in very complex ways. Hardness and resistance are characteristic to Marmorino , even in moist environments.
Manufactured in Western Australia , Marmorino is rich in Venetian artisanship and architectural heritage. Made of lime and ground marble, this finish has a single soft colour incorporated with small shadings. It is common to use in bathrooms or other places as an alternative to ceramic and marble. Known for hardness and resistant properties, even in moist environments, Marmorino is highly appreciated for its aesthetic effect, unique when properly lighted.
The non-toxic, green properties of Marmorino make it an ideal interior finish. This lime plaster is naturally high in pH and acts as an antibacterial surface. With quick-drying properties, high breathability, impressive durability, and beautiful finishes, it is difficult to go wrong with Marmorino .
Composition: slaked lime, very smooth marble powder and special additives. Theoretical yield per 22 KG: 10-12 square meter for 2.5 coats.
See our colour chart here.
Custom colours are available upon request. We can match chips from any major manufacturer’s paint deck, as well as fabric and other unique surfaces.
Note: This is a description of the typical application. Tools necessary for application: Medium or big stainless steel trowel polished
stainless steel trowel and Sponge trowel.
How to apply Classic Marmorino :
Protection of the work area: Masking tape and protective material over the baseboards and around windows and doors. Don’t apply in temperatures below 5°C 0r above 35°C .
- The first coat applied can be either white or coloured plaster. The first coat is applied with a metal trowel using visible strokes, which will be the underlying base for the final coats. The aim in laying the first coat is to obtain a thick, absorbent layer on which to spread the successive coats.
- To avoid problems removing the masking tape at the end of the job, it is best to replace all the tape when the first coat is almost or completely dry.
- When the first coat has completely dried, normally by the next day, the second coat is carefully applied with a large or medium metal trowel. Always keep in mind that the aim of this coat is to lay the smoothest and most uniform surface possible, being careful to avoid creating shiny areas. Since shiny areas can cause problems when applying the successive coat, it is necessary to work with a light touch, without pressing too hard; maintain a 40° angle with the blade of the trowel. If application of a single second coat does not give you a smooth, even surface, you should apply another coat immediately before the second coat dries. We suggest applying this additional second coat especially when the desired finish is to have little texture or when you want to achieve a superior, quality job.
- While you can apply the final coat as soon as the second coat begins to dry.
- Apply the last coat in a thin layer to small areas (max. 1 square meter) with a large, or better yet, medium-sized metal trowel. Normally, you should start high on the wall (on either the right- preferred by the left handed- or the left side –preferred by the right-handed- of the wall).
- When you are swiping on one trowel application after another, the trowel swipes should be in a different direction than the previous one each time, so that you obtain a harmonious design.
- At the beginning of each swipe, the trowel should be at a 30- 35° angle to the wall moving toward the plaster you have already laid. As you continue the swiping movement, you immediately remove excess material by changing the angle of the trowel to 40-45° while moving toward the area you have previous laid. In this way you keep the newly-laid plaster thin enough over the previous applications while shining the area of contact between the newly-laid plaster and the area you have already polished. Since the material on your spatula dries out over time, occasionally you will need to scrape the thickened material off, disposing of it, and replacing it with fresh plaster.
- To achieve seamless application when moving from one section to the other you need to proceed both horizontally and vertically. Normally, the application should continue until the wall is completely finished. If the wall is large, you will need more than one person to apply the finish; otherwise, you risk leaving unsightly overlapping marks.
- With this coat, proceed to the final polishing, going over the surface repeatedly with a clean metal trowel moved in different directions. Be sure the edges of the trowel blade are always smooth by using 600 -800 sandpaper. If 3 people are working, it’s best that 2 people apply the material with a quick polishing and the 3rd person only polish. Before it dries, finish by buffing it with a soft fabric cloth.
- Important note: While applying the third coat, but especially during the polishing phase, be careful to move the trowel with the back of the trowel directly following in the path of the front of the trowel. That is, the movement of the trowel MUST NOT be perpendicular to the trowel’s handle, but parallel to it. If this is not possible, then the trowel’s movement on the wall should form a 45° angle with respect to its axis (handle).
- The aim of the third coat is to obtain a smooth and shiny surface (shiny meaning that the porosity has been reduced as much as possible). You need to understand that when the material begins to dry, it shrinks, opening up micro-pores. The more micro-pores there are, the less shiny the surface will be. If the third coat is too thick, either by mistake or by necessity (in the case where the previous coat was not smooth enough), the finish might not be shiny enough. To avoid this, it may be preferable to apply the third coat in two layers. First, by applying a quick coat without polishing to a square-meter area, and then by applying another again, this time completing the polishing as described above.
- During application be sure the work area isn’t too damp or warm to avoid problems with application times.
Marmorino , once it is completely dry, but not before 24 hours have passed, we suggest a coat using our Natural Bee’s Wax for protecting the surface and make more shinier.
Protecting surfaces against dirt:
You can apply coat of Penetrating Sealer or Marseille Soap waterproofing. leave the finishes Natural but protected.