Q: Venetian Plaster Disaster Any Advice?? We are in the process of a kitchen remodel and I got this bright idea to refinish my wall w/ Venetian Plaster.
The wall covers a pretty good size area, accommodates two doorways & leads up to a high cathedral type ceiling. I used Behr V.P. Long story short, disaster. I began in an inconspicuous corner, looked ok so I went on. Our walls have a knocked down textured finish so the plaster filled in the low areas first, leaving the high spots exposed; to be expected. The wall was painted a darker color so there was quite a bit of the original finish still showing through. I’m following instructions, applying thin layers, allowing to dry, etc. After applying 2 cans it’s noticeably inconsistent in finish & color. I buy 2 more cans; still dark spots, high/low and rough areas Desperate, I paint the wall as close to V.P. color. The wall began to bubble & blister Yikes! Used hair dryer and pin & finally got it smoothed out. Tried sanding (600& 100 grit) sandpaper immediately collects a smooth glassy film. Useless.Tried scrapping, reapplying, everything! 4 gal V.P. $150 1 Gal paint $30 100 hrs HELP!
A: Faux Plaster - not as foolproof as it seems
The faux plasters are formulated to be "easy" to apply, but as you've experienced, can have disastrous consequences, not the least of which is sanding them (read the fine print on the can). At this point, you may want to consider covering up everything with a real Italian plaster, possibly a more rustic textured finish with good coverage. You'll need to apply a primer layer, than, depending on the finish you select, one to two layers of plaster. You can take a look at some options in the finishes section of our website www.veneshe.com
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Italian Plaster is one of the good details for a texture that will be applied in your kitchen.
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