At first you should try its application on any small piece of wall or a practice board, this will help you to enhance your skills and understand the types of burnish and even the luster of the plaster. This experimentation will allow you to choose the perfect color combination that you want for your walls.
It is important to maintain equal surface tension throughout the wall. This makes the application of the Venetian stucco, exceptionally easy.
- Apply a thin and uniform basic coat all over the wall.
- Most importantly, use only one side of the trowel at a time, this will avoid the drying of the paste.
- Let the base coat dry completely before you apply the second coat. This may take 5 to 12 hours.
- Once the second coat is dry, do a faint sanding with circular motions of the 600-grit sandpaper.
- Before the final step of burnishing, scrap off all the plaster dust from the surface.
- Use a small trowel to give a more fussy look and larger plastering knives for less amounts of the encaustic pattern.
- Start working on the 3 to 4 square foot surface areas.
- Connect each of these segmented patches in your desired direction.
- For the encaustic patterns, place the trowel gently on the desired surface and quickly remove it.
- This will give the cross-hatching effect.
- This will help you to blend the plaster layers helping the underlying layers to come on the surface.
- Wipe the surface with the cotton rag. To give an additional luster by polishing the surface with the blade, in a horizontal direction.
Remember to dry off the surface completely before you begin the actual burnishing process. Venetian plaster takes a good shape even in the two basic coats, and there is no limit as such to how many coats one should apply. The topcoats are essential in moist regions, on the exterior walls and on the bathroom and kitchen walls as well.