Stucco antico, otherwise known as antique Italian plaster, or Venetian plaster, makes a great substance with which to cover your walls, because of its lightweight consistency, which allows you to layer the plaster on thinly, so you can apply several layers which leads to a complex and rich look. If applied correctly, it can make the surface to which it is applied look like real stone, which gives it a very attractive and unique appearance.
Stucco antico can be used on various surfaces, including the ceiling and the walls. It is also possible to apply this plaster on the outsides of buildings, because it is extremely durable, lasting a long time, and can withstand the elements. This technique can take some time to apply, but many people who use it in their homes find that it is worth it. This plaster is crafted with marble dust or fslour and limestone, enhanced with dyes and pigments. The best Venetian plaster is made from at least forty percent of marble dust or flour. The limestone makes up the remainder of the content. If you want the best stucco antico, make sure you check about the percentage of marble in it.
Stucco antico applied to a ceiling is crack-resistant, and is less likely to become dented. Applying this plaster to a ceiling is done on top of drywall, and provides a very decorative and interesting look to the ceiling.
If you want to use stucco antico on your walls, the first thing you will need to do is to prepare the walls so they are completely smooth. It is important to choose a paint color that is the same color of the plaster you are going to use, and to apply it to the walls and allow it to dry. This may require you to let the paint sit overnight.
When you are ready to apply the stucco antico, you will need to take a scraper and apply a very thin coat to barely cover the surface. Once this layer has dried, use the scraper and apply another thin coat, making sure it appears more textured than the previous coat. Each subsequent coat of plaster should be increasingly more textured in order for the desired effect to be achieved. When applying this second coat, do this by increasing the pressure on the scraper to give it more of a textured effect. A third coat should be applied this way as well. After this coat is applied, clean the scraper well, or use a different unused scraper and set it flush against the treated wall. Using a circular movement, buff and rub the wall, including the areas that are slightly elevated. This will create a beautiful shine that will provide your walls an incredible look.
If you want to apply the stucco antico to the ceiling, it is important to first install the drywall. You can either do this on your own or have a contractor complete the task for you. Once this task is completed, make sure you have the color of Venetian plaster that you want, and mix it with water to create a spreadable consistency. Using a trowel, apply the plaster to your prepared ceiling in a very thin, light coat. Allow this coat to dry before adding an additional coat. Make sure each layer you apply is thin, though you can slightly increase the thickness of the application with each coat. At least three to four coats are a good idea. You can apply a little more pressure with each coat, as well, to create the desired appearance on your ceiling. When the plaster has dried, be sure you take some sandpaper and lightly scrape the ceiling with it to make it smooth.