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Behr Premium Plus Venetian Plaster

It has taken me months to decide what to do with my kitchen walls. Due to the age of the home the walls have many blemishes and a smooth finish will not work.  A couple of months ago, a person in the paint dept at HD suggested adding texture to the walls with Litex Premium Finish Wall Texture.  I still have the unopened bag.  Thinking I would finally get the rest of the materials and paint the walls, I went to HD and after speaking with the same person that originally suggested the bag of wall texture, I ended up with a gallon of Behr Premium Plus Venetian Plaster which they added the color I had selected to the Venetian Plaster. She also recommended and I purchased one quart of the Behr Premium Plus Venetian Plaster Top Coat No. 775 Clear Satin.  I had previously primed the walls so when I got home I began applying the Venetian Plaster.


I had no intentions of having a smooth surface which is why I thought using a textured finish would work out. I am pleased with the texture of the walls because they do have texture and the blemishes no longer show.  I applied the texture with a trowel and then with a wet rag, added random swirls.  This evening I started with the Top Coat only to find if the wall is not smooth, the Top Coat will puddle and will have a milky appearance.  And that is exactly what is happening.  I am so disappointed as I have used almost all of the Plaster so I cannot return it. I haven't used much of the Top Coat at all as I tried apply it to a 1' x 2' area first just to see how it will look.

Is there a different Top Coat I can use or is there a better way to apply the Top Coat other than a trowel.  I have tried using the trowel and then wiping it with a wet rag but it doesn't have a nice sheen to it and still tends to puddle in the crevices.


Suggestions please. I can't afford many more $50 experiments.


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Posted 2010-11-09T05:16:05+0000  by dkliner dkliner

One thing I forgot to add is about sanding. When doing the marble look, I use a quarter-sheet finishing sander with 400-600 grit wet-dry sand paper. The one gotcha that you have to be careful with is the dust. It is very fine and not quite the healthiest thing to be breathing. Along with that, the dust can tend to collect under your sand paper, pilling or balling up, creating tracks. To keep this from happening, constantly wipe the surface down with a microfiber cloth as you sand.


As the paper starts to become clogged, it will also start to burnish the surface. For a final burnishing, I simply turn the paper over in my sander and do my final burnishing with the paper side of the sand paper. I also use the sander to do my buffing of the paste wax. I use some of the Rags-In-A-Box towels to do this. With a piece of sand paper in the sander, fold a paper towel in half and place the sander on top of it. The sand paper will hold the paper towel in place. Proceed with your buffing to whatever sheen level you want. 

Posted 2011-09-03T14:56:42+0000  by Paul


Posted 2012-06-14T07:19:14+0000  by Smoothtiger333

this is behr ventian plaster,,just my technique in doing of many..ive have been doing this for many years so i guess that would make me a specialist

Posted 2012-06-14T07:22:34+0000  by Smoothtiger333


Posted 2012-06-14T07:24:55+0000  by Smoothtiger333


Posted 2012-06-14T07:28:57+0000  by Smoothtiger333


Posted 2012-06-14T07:30:26+0000  by Smoothtiger333

Whoa! Smoothtiger333, those look amazing!


The second one you posted reminds me a lot of slate tile! But that third one has got to take the cake for my favorite = )


How long did these take you to do? I'm curious to see what it looks like full-scale on a picture taken further away.


Awesome job!~ Thanks a bunch for sharing these with us and perhaps you can tell our users more about the technique that you used. I'm sure we'd have at least a few people that would love to know!


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Posted 2012-06-14T14:39:31+0000  by Jay_HD_CHI

WOW SmoothTiger!!!


Your examples show just how creative you can be with Venetian Plaster!


Brilliant ... Please come back on the thread and share any hints that would help our DIYers create this multicolor effect.


This clearly demonstrates how versatile multiple colors can be in this product.


You're creative genious is certainly showing ... thanks for sharing!

Posted 2012-06-14T15:47:12+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

After applying 3 coats of Home Depot venetian plaster to our unheated 3 season room, we burnished it with a trowel, creating a beautiful shine and finish. We purposely left the finish irregular, rather than smooth, as we liked that look.  Then we began applying the topcoat as advised by the HD rep. Luckily, we only tried a little corner of the room, because it puddled over the high spots created by the plaster. We called the tech support at Behr and the rep didn't have any advice at all. In fact, when told we wiped the excess with a damp cloth as advised on the can of topcoat, he said not to do that and that he didn't know why that advice was on the can! So, we are uncertain now what to do, as we do have this in an unheated space with high moisture. So much for tech support from Behr!

Posted 2012-06-17T13:11:40+0000  by kathysyl

Hello Kathy!


Outstanding description of your project!!!


Because you said, "We purposely left the finish irregular, rather than smooth, as we liked that look," I'm not certain that the puddled clear coat is that big a problem.


I personally love VP more textured with trowel marks showing.


Here is an example I created, intentionally allowing the clear coat to puddle and build up in the "irregular" trowel ridges.




In my opinion, there is a point of excess ... when puddles turn into runs.


But as you can see, the puddled clear coat actually adds more texture to the finish.


After I posted this image in an earlier thread, a community member asked about adding an iridescent shimmer to VP.


Here is the same example with ML Precious Metals thinned with faux glaze and then applied over the surface.




Where light reflects, you can see a distinct iridescent gold shimmer.


NOTE: With the one exception that clear coats and other coating can be over-applied until they run, I contend that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, go ahead and allow the clear coat to slightly puddle if you want more texture ... or use a lint-free cotton rag to wipe off the excess if you'd rather see a more even clear coat.


PRODUCT NOTE: VP is labeled for "interior rooms." However, I repeatedly hear from contractors that burnished VP is a very durable surface. Since you've already applied VP in an "unheated 3-season room," pay particular attention to the surface as the seasons change. If crack lines begin to appear, wait until the temperature goes above fifty-degrees Fahrenheit to apply and then burnish repair material.

Posted 2012-06-19T15:21:18+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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