|Q: Why cant I achieve any depth or a high gloss with my light Venetian Plaster colors?|
|A: When using our Venetian Plaster you need to know that we have two different bases. Our VP100 is a tint base that is used for light to mid tones. Our VP200 is an ultra deep base that is used for mid to deep tones. When looking for depth in your finish you want to use VP200. This is a clearer base and will show the layers of application more when sanded and burnished. When you use the VP100 base it has more white in it so your finish will be more opaque.|
When tinting to a very light color using the VP100 you cannot sand and burnish the same as you would with a dark color or VP200 so you will not achieve the same level of gloss. If you burnish the VP100 you risk having transfer marks, from your trowel, left on the surface. You can apply the VP300 Satin Topcoat and burnish lightly when dry.
|Q: Do I need to seal my Venetian Plaster Finish?|
|A: We recommend using our VP300 Satin Topcoat over our Venetian Plaster for high traffic areas, kitchens and bathrooms. Using Venetian Plaster in any of these areas without sealing the finish could result in it being damaged. Our VP300 is applied once the Venetian Plaster has dried and been sanded. It is trowel applied in the same manner as the Venetian Plaster.|
Our Venetian Plaster can also be waxed using a neutral paste wax. Do not use automotive waxes as these can damage your finish.
|Q: Can I mix Venetian Plaster with your Metallic Paint Collection™ colors or with regular house paint?|
|A: You cannot mix any paints into our Venetian Plaster base. By mixing the two together you would change the body of the plaster and take away the properties of the Venetian Plaster. You can mix our Metallic Paint Collection™ colors, as well as our ShimmerStone® Color Concentrates, into our Satin Topcoat and apply over the Venetian Plaster to create a different effect. The maximum amount recommended is 3 ounces of paint/color concentrate per quart of VP, or 12 ounces per gallon of VP. If you are using our Metallic Paint, you should tint the VP base to at least 1 shade lighter than our paint color.|
|Q: How do I tint your Venetian Plaster?|
|A: Prior to tinting, place the can of Venetian Plaster on the shaker for two minutes. Once shaken open the can and dig a vortex in the center of the can. This helps with dispersing the colorant into the Venetian Plaster. Dispense formula into can and place lid back on can. Place the Venetian Plaster back into the shaker for five minutes. Sometimes longer mixing times may be necessary (you may also mix the Venetian Plaster using a hand drill with a plastic coated mixing device) for best results.|
The general rule when tinting a light to mid tone color is to reduce the formula by 50% and use the VP100 tint base. When tinting to a mid to deep tone color, remove any white from the formula and use the VP200 tint base. If you wish to have a light color but want depth to your finish, reduce your formula to 25% and use our VP200. Gradually increase the formula to adjust color strength.
When tinting our Venetian Plaster do not match the wet product to the color chip. Always make a small sample and fully dry. Match your dry sample to your color chip.
|Q: Can I apply your Venetian Plaster exterior?|
|A: Although our Venetian Plaster is a premium plaster it is still just a plaster. It is meant for interior applications and does not have the properties to handle the elements encountered in an exterior application.|