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Marmorino Plaster Step by Step Application - How to apply

About "Lime Spatula" and the "Marmorino Effect" Often, an Atova product is either distinguished by the effect it was intended to produce or by the actual name of the product. In this case, the product or pail "Lime Spatula" or "Memory" is responsible for creating the "Marmorino Effect." Some define the term "Marmorino" little bits or marble or like marble. Atova roducts in the Marmo categories are usually lime based or made with slaked lime.

Depending on the product, grain sizes and textures may vary. Lime Spatula is a smooth paste plaster. Applied with a stainless steel trowel, similar to Venetian Plaster, the Marmorino effect is a timeless craft, lending surfaces amazing color, depth, and design. Beneficial for many of reasons, Lime Spatula is an in-organic, mineral based product. Some know such products as natural Venetian Plasters. Quite simply, mineral based products are created with ingredients that fight mold, mildew, and are permeable. Applicable to interior and exteriors, Marmorino is a timeless effect with a high demand for skilled applicators.

Getting Started... During the application of Marmorino, a Master finisher must learn to recognize familiar patterns and understand how the two applied layers will react with eachother once compacted together. With practice and experience, successful applications of Marmorino are considered works of art by most. Below are the basic fundamentals of applying Marmorino. For this demonstration, we've applied Marmorino over an Acrylic Fixative and Quartz Paint primed surface.

Preparation Ideal conditions for applying Marmorino are at room temperatures and over interior walls with smooth surfaces. Mandatory for a long-lasting guarantee, a thin coat of Acrylic Fixative should be applied. Quartz Fine primers can be used, however for best results.

Ideal conditions for applying Marmorino are at room temperatures and over interior walls with smooth surfaces. Mandatory for a long-lasting guarantee, a thin coat of Acrylic Fixative should be applied. Quartz Fine primers can be used, however for best results.


The Application ( select images for closer views )

Fig 1. (Tip)
Apply a medium size amount of Lime Spatula to a stainless steel trowel and work a thin, even layer over the area. When gathering material from the pail, always use fresh and fluid product from the center of the bucket. Covering the container directly after with a wet rag or lid is important. During the first coat, it is a good idea to cut all outlets and special trim work if necessary.


Fig 2.
Spread a thin layer evenly onto the substrate, working 4-5 square foot sections at a time. When working with multiple walls in a room, complete a base coat on each section individually before moving to new areas.


Fig 3. (Tip)
When working with Marmorino, be sure to apply a thin amount of product to the wall in a similar and consistent fashion. Using the same movements and timing throughout a project will assist in creating a homogenous effect throughout the entire project.


Fig 4. (Tip)
After a thin, first coat has been applied; you may lightly remove any excess product if the surface is still moist, however, if drying, allow the surface to first dry, and then later remove the unwanted product. The first coat should be extremely thin.


Fig 5. (Tip)
Allow plenty of time for Marmorino to sufficiently dry and harden. The finish will have completely changed color and lightened up to 50% once thoroughly dry. Depending on the porosity of the surface and climate conditions, dry times may vary. Based on a room temperature application with 60% relative humidity, dry times on drywall are at least 15-20minutes, however not ready for new coats until at least 1 hour after the surface has appeared to be physically dry.


Fig 6. (Tip)
Scraping off any excess product between coats is a great idea. Leftover patches of stucco can sometimes create scratches during the final coat. Do not sand Marmorino.


Fig 7.
For the second and optional third layers, there are two basic methods of a traditional Marmorino application. Depending on the tools used, Marmorino can be developed into an extremely encaustic and busy finish, or a subtle and calm finish. Other options may include leaving the surface matte or polishing.


Fig 8. (Tip)
Using a trowel typically generates wide and wavy patterns. When applying the second coat with a trowel, it is important to work areas no larger than your wingspan, and no taller than your head to your knees. Working the wall in a clockwise or counterclockwise fashion will help to blend the overall finish, while allowing perfect timing in between to wash the trowel or smoke cigarettes. Leaving the edges of each area somewhat unfinished and uneven will help to connect and blend subsequent patches when moving along.


Fig 9. (Tip)
Keeping your trowel or spatula perfectly clean and free of drying product is important. The slightest buildup of dry product on the trowel can lead to undesirable scratching and damage. Practicing consistent and perfectly timed cleaning of your tool is a perfect way to time your finishing.


Fig 10. (Tip)
Unlike Stucco Veneziano, Marmorino should be sealed and polished while still wet. This means that once the final coat has been applied, and when you believe the selected areas effects are in position, the surface must be sealed with at least one firm passing of the trowel over the area. It is at this point the more polishing or burnishing can be achieved.


Fig 11. (Tip)
Marmorino can be finished using many different techniques. Learning the basic trowel and spatula applications is important before moving into more advanced patterns and finishing techniques. Understanding what the final results of your techniques will be as you must learn to mentally envision the final results of your application as would an artist or sculptor. Marmorino can be waxed after 14 days.


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