Polished Glossy Marmorino Wall Finishes

Introduction to Marmorino Veneziano Classic

The surface of the Classic finishing is glossy shining with a lot of depth. The finishing maintains a soft texture. The movement between the darks and the clears is gradual and the surface reflects the light very well.

Closeup sample: Stucco Marmorino Veneziano Classic 2-colors.

Interior Stucco Marmorino Veneziano Classic.

Unlike the marble it has a single soft color with small shadings. Marmorino is a natural material, it is made of lime and ground marble. Characteristic is its hardness and resistance even in moistly environments like it is the Venetian lagoon.

It is highly appreciated for its aesthetic effect, unique when properly lighted. It is used in sophisticated environments, such as reception areas, offices, villas. In the bathroom it is an alternative to marble and ceramic. The workmanship may or may not be visible depending on the application.

The product is white and can be tinted with our Color System (107 colors from our color chart of color additives).

NEW: Marmorino Veneziano Classic Plus

This Italian plaster is an improvement over our normal Marmorino Veneziano Classic. It is easier to apply than normal Marmorino Veneziano Classic resolving the problem of peel off which sometimes might occur during the polishing step of finer plasters such as this. Compared with normal Classic, this plaster is shinier with a tendency to have less texture. Please specify Classic or Classic Plus when ordering.

Product information

Marmorino Veneziano Classic from Stucco Italiano

Slaked lime, very smooth marble powder and special additives (no more than 2.5% total in wet volume).

Packaging

  • 24 kg net (52.9 lbs) polyethylene containers
  • 8 kg net (17.6 lbs) polyethylene containers

Dilution

None. Ready-to-use paste.

Drying

3 hours at 20°C (68°F) to the touch. Carbonation 48 hours at 20°C (68°F), stable below the surface 180 days.

Storage

Shelf life is 24 months. Product maintains its characteristics best if protected from extreme heat or cold.

Safety

Lime products are caustic. In case of contact with eyes or skin, rinse thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children.

Product must be disposed of according to norms and regulations in force. Containers must be recycled.

Theoretical yield

0.80–1.00 kg/m2 – 2.62–3.28 oz/ft2 in
3 coats of Marmorino Veneziano Classic

1.35–1.55 kg/m2 – 4.42–5.08 oz/ft2 in
1 coat of Marmorino Veneziano Carrara +
2 of Marmorino Veneziano Classic

1.55–2.00 kg/m2 – 4.92–6.56 oz/ft2 in
3 coats of Marmorino Veneziano Carrara

Surfaces suitable for applying Marmorino Veneziano Classic

Type of surface

Preparation required

New plaster lime based

No priming necessary

Gypsum

One coat of Quartz Primer

Plasterboard

One coat of Quartz Primer

Medium density

One coat of Quartz Primer

Old plaster

Brush down thoroughly and one coat of Primer Normal or of Quartz Primer

Limewash

Brush down thoroughly and one coat of Quartz Primer or Primer Normal

Polished lime finish

Brush down thoroughly and sandpaper and one coat of Quartz Primer

Washable paint

One coat of Quartz Primer

How to apply Marmorino Veneziano Classic

Note: This is a description of the normal application.

Tools necessary for application: Normal big trowel, good big trowel, medium size good trowel, soft cloth.

Before application

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 (41°F).

  1. Remember to have a strong light parallel to the wall and situated on only one of the two sides of the wall you are working on (usually on the same side other sources of light come from such as the windows). In this way the shadow of the trowel allows you to see the actual state of the finish. Every so often, during the second and third coat, the light should be moved so that the wall doesn’t dry out too much in one spot from the heat of the lamp.
  2. The first coat applied can be either white or colored plaster. The first coat is applied with a metal trowel using visible strokes, which will be the underlying base for the final coats. This coat is applied thickly, using about 600 grams of material per square meter. The aim in laying the first coat is to obtain a thick, absorbent layer on which to spread the successive coats.
  3. 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.
  4. When the first coat has completely dried, normally by the next day, the second coat is carefully applied with a large metal trowel using 400 grams per square meter. 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.
  5. While you can apply the final coat as soon as the second coat begins to dry, most people prefer to wait for the second coat to dry completely because of the risk of peeling. Apply the last coat in a thin layer to small areas (max. 1 square metre) with a large, or better yet, medium-sized metal trowel. Normally, you should start high on the wall (on either the right- preferred by left handed- or the left side –preferred by right-hand people- of the wall). Swiping on one trowel application after another; each time, the trowel swipes should be in a different direction than the previous one 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 spatula 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 P240-360 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.
  8. 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 the its axis (handle).
    See video clip on how to polish with the trowel at the correct angle.
  9. 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 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.
  10. During application be sure the work area isn’t too damp or warm to avoid problems with application times.
  11. With Classic, once it is completely dry, but not before 24 hours have passed, we suggest using our Natural Bee’s Wax, colored with the same pigment you used for the stucco. It makes the finish more refined “richer”, reducing light spots.
  12. Remember when you are applying our Marmorino, it should not be too difficult. If it seems too difficult, stop and try to understand what the problem is.

Protecting stucco surfaces against dirt

Marmorino, thanks to its smooth surface, is a finish which doesn't get dirty easily. However, we advise the following protective treatments.

Interiors

After a minimum of 24 hours, at least one coat of the following can be applied:

  1. A coat of Natural Bee’s Wax to obtain waterproofing and a general protection against dirt. It makes the surface shinier.
  2. A coat of Marseille Soap waterproofing. This does not make the surface look shinier.

Exteriors

After at least 48 hours at 20°C or above, proceed with colourless, penetrating Idrocalce surface protection, developed to protect exterior plaster surfaces.

Information on stucco
Marmorino Veneziano Classic

  1. Introduction to Marmorino Veneziano Classic

  2. Product information

  3. Surfaces suitable for applying Marmorino Veneziano Classic

  4. How to apply Marmorino Veneziano Classic

  5. Protecting surfaces against dirt

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