Introduction to Lava Stucco
Lava Stucco is a very versatile material that can be used for a variety of finishes. It is less absorbent than normal lime plaster and therefore is easy to use as a base coat for veiling. Most of our Lava finishes are made with this Lava stucco covered with Pearl Cream, the specific additive for Lava, applied either with the 'Veiling' technique or applied with spatula or trowel, like the Lava Metallic series.
It is quite solid and strong and can therefore be used for finishes which need to be sanded such as our finishes made with 'Mother-of-Pearl' or 'Bark'. Because it’s so robust, it can also be used in finishes which have lines in relief that with weaker plasters could be damaged more easily. One such finish is our 'Rain' which is made with a brush trowel.
All the Lava finishes need two applications. The first functions as an absorbent substrate. It should be left to completely dry before doing the next application.
The application is always done with a metal trowel, but other tools can be used for different effects, such as a plastic brush for the rain effect or combs for a ‘spazzolato’ effect.
It's material is a natural white, but can be coloured to any other tint.
Some additives go well with this product: Pearl Cream and Glitter Cream.
Pearl Cream is a metallic wax in Silver, Gold, Copper, or Bronze.
Glitter Cream is a gel with Silver Glitter.
Watch the application video.
Black rain finish
A thin layer of Lava stucco is applied with the trowel in the desired colour. Once it’s completely dry, a second coloured coat of material of good density is abundantly applied and immediately after strips are done using a plastic brush with parallel movements. The top finish is done the day after applying diluted Glitter Cream with a brush.
Lava Stucco with crater effect finish
This is one of the most successful finishes. The second coat of dense black Lava is applied generously and immediately afterward the flat part of the trowel blade is place on the surface pressing lightly and immediately removing it. This causes hundreds of little ridges per cubic metre. After a few hours, before the material dries, press lightly on the tips of these ridges lowering them a little or you can wait until the next day and sand them with coarse sandpaper. Then when it is completely dried apply Bronze Pearl Cream with a sponge using light pressure being careful to colour only the areas with the most relief.
Lava Stucco with cascade effect finish
Immediately after generously applying the second coat of coloured Lava, place the flat part of the trowel blade at the top of the wall and drag it downward in a straight motion. Repeat this over the entire wall and wait for the material to start to dry. Then press it down with the trowel in vertical movements. The next day, when it is completely dry, apply Pearl Cream lightly going over the areas in relief with a sponge.
Lava Stucco with mother of pearl finish
One coat of Stucco Lava with mother of pearl granules is applied on the previous coat which has already dried. Once this is completely dry (one or two days after) it is sanded and millions of glittery dots come out. A final protection with bee's wax is suggested.