There are lots of fancy Venetian Plaster trowels available on the market. They are often expensive and unnecessary ($30 -$50). They are often a limited size, like 8 or 10 inches, which is useless unless your doing a very small area or looking to do a highly intricate pattern. UNLESS YOU’RE DOING A TINY JOB OR A DETAILED AREA, ALWAYS USE A 12”-16” TROWEL. IT MAKES YOUR VENETIAN PLASTER JOB MUCH FASTER AND EASIER. Trowels often fall and get easily dinged which could mean the end of the trowel. It is often much cheaper to buy your own trowel at any standard hardware store, like Home Depot or Lowe’s. ($14-$20). The difference between these and the fancier trowels is that the other trowels have slightly rounded edges. By the way, pool trowels work, except they don’t get into corners. The rounded edges insure that there are no lines left over when you make a trowel stroke. With the unrounded trowels, this only happens when the trowel is fabricated with a slight bow which makes the trowel uneven. So, if you buy a trowel, just carefully look down the edges to make sure it’s straight, or at least bowed the other way so the corners don’t touch the surface first. If you have a mechanical grinder, you can grind down the corners a bit. Then take a sanding sponge/paper (even if you don’t round the corners) and sand the edges of the trowel to get rid of any minor imperfections. Feel the edges to make sure it’s perfectly smooth. This is most important especially when you are applying Veneziano Venetian Plaster with a high burnish. Every imperfection in the toll can show. There are some trowels, like Kobalt brand that are terrible, because the are made in such a way that has a very rough edge which makes sanding it down very difficult. Remember, you always want a bigger job and you always want to do it fast. A larger trowel will make that possible. Typically 16” for men and 12”-14” inches for most women (no offense to anybody). Vasari Venetian Plaster can provide you with trowels. The right tools will ensure a better, easier, faster and more profitable Venetian Plaster job.
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