Ever since the Tuscan look hit the decor scene, it seems everything that smacks of old-world Italy has become the rage. With interior walls not to be excluded, of course, the Behr paint company has come out with a host of outstanding products, especially that of its high-quality Venetian plaster. These Behr Venetian plaster tips can help you master the look of the Old Masters in no time at all.
For this type of wall treatment, always start with as clean of a surface as possible. The first of our Behr Venetian plaster tips includes scraping away any loose paint chips and then removing with a mild detergent and sponge as much grease, dirt, and/or oil as possible. Allow any damp surfaces to thoroughly dry.
Hammer nail heads down to beneath the surface level (countersink), repair any dents or holes, and use a fairly heavily grained sandpaper to scruff up any slick surfaces. This helps to facilitate the plaster product adhering more firmly.
Temperature makes a difference. Choose a day in which the weather is not too cold, nor too hot to apply plaster. If it is colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) or warmer than 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius), do not attempt this wall-treatment method. Hot weather tends to thin the plaster, while cold weather thickens it, so wait for a day that is not in the worst part of summer or the freezing days of winter to work.
Angling, Polishing, Burnishing
Another tip you may find useful is this: Hold your trowel at an angle during application of between 15 and 30 degrees for the first coat and between 60 and 90 degrees for the second coat. These two angles of application allow you to apply the plaster to create the textured look you are after with greater ease.
You will be applying the plaster in two steps. Apply the first coat and allow to dry for four hours. Apply the second coat, making sure you have filled in any missing areas from the first coat. Allow the second coat to dry for at least 24 hours but no longer than seven days.
To get that oh-so-coveted polished effect, go over the plaster with fine sandpaper. Use a soft brush of cloth to remove the dust created from doing this and then rub with the flat side of your trowel (or with your cloth) to burnish it.
These venetian plaster tips give you the secrets of creating that timeless, sought-after look without the weeks of effort this method originally took back in the days of old-world Europe. Just be sure to use eye protection and a mask to avoid eye and lung irritation from the dust and wear gloves to protect your hands from skin damage. After all, you want to be able to enjoy the great Venetian plaster job you have just pulled off!