WHAT IS POLISHED PLASTER?
Polished plaster is a new description for traditional Italian plaster finishes.
Polished plaster itself tends to consist of slaked lime and marble dust, which gives each plaster its distinctive look and appearance. A lime-based polished plaster may contain over 40% of marble powder.
Polished plaster is mainly used internally, on walls and ceilings. Applied over a lime based primer coat and then from one to four thin layers of product. They are with a specialised steel trowel to a smooth glass-like sheen, or stone-like. Polished plaster is usually sealed with wax to add extra protection.
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WHAT IS TADELAKT
Natural waterproof lime base plaster
Tadelakt or Marrakesh is a waterproof plaster used in Moroccan architecture which can be used to make baths, sinks, interior and exterior walls and ceilings.
It is made from lime plaster which is rammed, polished, and treated with an olive-oil soap solution to make it waterproof and water repellent. However, we recommend to use a polyurethane water-base sealer on wet areas like shower walls.
Since it is applied as a paste, Tadelakt has a soft, undulating character, it can form curves, and it is seamless and durable.
Pigment can be added to give it any colour with a shiny or matte finish.
WHAT IS VENETIAN PLASTER
Venetian plaster is a technique, applied and burnished by trowel, can create a smooth surface with the illusion of depth and texture.
When applied correctly, it can be used to create a highly polished, rock-hard, marble-like finish.
When left un-burnished, Venetian plaster has a matte finish that is rough and stone-like to the touch but, also very brittle and damages rather easily.
Venetian plaster is especially useful on surfaces where marble panels could not be installed easily, and on surfaces that would be too expensive to have carved from real marble such as columns, corbels, and curved walls.
Venetian plaster can be tinted using natural or synthetic colorants. Through the application of a top layer of wax sealant, Venetian plaster can also be rendered waterproof. The most common material used is MARMORINO and it will be called differently based on grain thickness of the marble dust.
WHAT IS TRAVERTINO
Travertine is classified properly as a type of limestone, not marble. Therefore, this is the main difference with Venetian Plaster or Marmorino.
It can also be polished to a smooth, shiny finish, and comes in a variety of colours.
Commonly used as a base coat for Tadelakt.
The Romans mined deposits of travertine for building temples, monuments and amphitheaters such as the Colosseum, the largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine.
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