What Is Marmorino Plaster?

What is Marmorino Plaster? A definition of the faux finishing term, Marmorino Plaster. Marmorino plaster is used on homes to get the effect of ancient polished stuccos used in history. Applying the plaster...

Marmorino plaster is used on homes to get the effect of ancient polished stuccos used in history. Applying the plaster is no easy task. Our expert, Lu Goodwin Mark, owner and director of Austin School of Faux Finishes at Design Center of Austin, says it takes some work to complete, but in the end you will get a look you can truly be proud of.


"Marmorino is a fine European plaster created with marble dust. A finish of Marmorino is difficult in that it is heavy and labor intensive to produce. It can be stenciled or glazed and is a very, very durable finish," Mark says.




According to the Seattle Architectural Finishing Studio, to get the Marmorino plaster look you need a stainless steel trowel and stainless steel spatula. It is mainly used for interior and exterior finishes on structures. It's a versatile finish that has a range of textures. Some are smooth and distressed. Others give off the appearance of stone on buildings.

Marmorino means little marble. Using a white base allows the Marmorino to be highlighted with a range of colors. It contains slaked lime for sticking power, improved manipulation, moisture resistance, and a blend of polymers for greater adhesion and strength. Slaked lime finishes last a long time and it improves in appearance with time.

You can use Marmorino plaster to coat walls, ceilings, and other surface areas for decoration. It works well with most plaster base coats. It also works nicely on gypsum board, concrete, masonry and other substrates.

Marmorino can be finished smooth and polished to a high sheen, and it is water resistant. You can use it in your bathroom or kitchen.

To get started, you need to make sure your surface is smooth, flat and level. This step is one of the most important, and most people overlook it. Look for any blemishes on voids or high areas, as they will polish more than the surrounding area. Tape off any trim or adjoining walls not receiving plaster. Prime the wall with preferably an oil based (low odor, quick dry) primer or other approved primer. This step separates the substrate from the Marmorino finish which will ensure an even suction of the finish material across the surface. Apply your base coast with a stainless steel trowel. Let it dry for at least 24 hours. After that you will want to sand it with a 100 grit paper and block to smooth the surface.

For more information on how to utilize Marmorino plaster you can get step by step instructions from any home improvement store. Make sure you do your research and get the appropriate materials before attempting the project. You can always hire a professional to do the work for you. Mark says taking some time to plan what you are going to do will make your home look the best it can.

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