faq

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Why is lime based plaster and stucco the ultimate wall finish?

- yes

- lime based plasters are unequivocally the most beautiful wall finishes on the planet

- lasts for very very long time and improves with age

- eco-friendly, zero VOC, hypo- allergenic, no off-gassing, absorbs carbon dioxide, naturally resistant to mold and expels excess humidity

- versatile in any texture, sheen or color

- breathable

- filters the air

- crack resistant

- fade resistant

- the ultimate replacement for paint

- lime based plasters can extend your life and make you happier. Seriously


Why Vasari Plaster is the best?

- plaster is the premium replacement for paint

- we make everything from scratch, giving us full control of our quality and formulations

- made naturally as possible for

- probably the easiest plaster on the planet to apply

- very easy to maintain and repair

- very versatile in look and feel. Each of our products are extremely flexible in technique and aesthetics

- affordable.  We're pretty sure we have the best priced authentic lime and marble plaster in the U.S., possibly the world

- 20 year warranty on interior and 10 year warranty on exteriors

- we love what we do and we're rather obsessed by it


What's the difference between our products?

All of our products are made with lime, powdered marble, crushed limestone, earth based pigments, natural polymers, pozzolans, and a few more magical things.

- Carrera  Thicker plaster made with most and larger sand particles. Can be applied textured, matte, smooth or slightly polish for subtle variation and movement of color.  

- Marmorino  Thinner plaster with a less and smaller sand particles. Applied matte or medium or polished for more variation and movement of color.

- Stucco Exterior finish coat. Just like our Carrera plaster except made for exteriors, Can be applied textured or smooth.

- Veneziano  Contains no sand and is applied in thin coats. It can be applied very subtle and matte or very polished and dramatic like marble.

- Lime Wash Optional decorative color wash over Stucco, Carrera and Marmorino.

- Basecoat  Scratch and brown coat as a base for our exterior finish products. Applied on lath or block.

- Plaster Additive Makes our interior plasters applicable for exteriors and shower enclosures. Used for Marmorino, Veneziano and Lime Wash.

- Primer Mineral based primer formulated for our plaster, applicable almost anywhere except oil based surfaces.


Do we have samples?

We have wet and dry samples. We also have ready made sample boards. We have 60 standard colors and we can also customize any color or texture.  


Is it easy to maintain?

Very easy to maintain and repairs easier than paint and almost anything else. It can be sealed for demanding areas against oily and acid stains.  Even if it gets worn over the years, it will looks better with age. 


Can it be applied on exteriors and inside showers?

Yes and yes. Everything can be applied outside and inside shower enclosures. All of our products are either ‘interior’ or ‘exterior’ labelled. Add our Plaster Additive to out interior products if you want to use them on exteriors or shower stalls.


How do you buy it in the U.S?

You can order on our materials online. For larger order of 12 or more bags or pails, we usually ship it on pallet for cost effectiveness. Full pallets are about 60 bags or 48 buckets. Shipping costs roughly 10-15% of  material cost.


How can you buy it outside the U.S. / international sales?

All international orders are shipped on pallets. Individual buckets are rather pricey for shiping.  We recommend at least 24 bags or buckets per pallet for cost effectiveness. We also ship container loads.  Full pallets are about 60 bags or 48 buckets. Shipping costs roughly 5-10% of  material cost.


Does it is adhere to…?

- Latex or acrylic water based primer? Yes. Use a flat primer. Don’t use a stain blocking shiny primer. Plaster adheres much better and easier to work when it’s a flat primer, like ours.

- Latex or acrylic water based paint? Yes. You usually don't need to prime it unless it's a high sheen paint.

- Cement and concrete? Yes, but you should probably use our primer or a standard cement bonder / primer.

- Gypsum plaster? You should prime it first.

- Drywall? Prime everything well with a good primer.

- Blueboard? Yes, but the seams are gypsum (usually), so prime it anyway. You want to have even suction everywhere.

- Greenboard? Yes, but the seams are gypsum, so prime it anyway. You want to have even suction everywhere.

- Fiberglass board? Yes, but the seams are gypsum, so prime it anyway. You want to have even suction everywhere.

- Cement board? Yes, unless the seams are gypsum based. Remember – uniform suction / absorption

- Magnesium board? Yes, but the seams are gypsum, so prime it anyway.

- Oil based paint or primer? No. Prime it with a synthetic flat primer. Ask your paint store.

- Wallpaper? Prime it a few times until it doesn’t bubble, then plaster it. You might want to use an oil based primer first, then latex.


Can anyone do it?

For a professional job, use a professional. But, for the most part, it's pretty easy for most techniques. Most people need a 20 minute learning curve. Just watch your uniformity, edges and trowel marks and you'll have a beautiful finish.  Or just watch our videos.  Always make a sample board first and start in the smallest area until you get the hang of it.


How much is it?   Pricing...

Depending on the product, our dry mixes cost between and .25 cents and .80 cents per square foot in material cost.  Wet mixes cost about double of the dry mixes (pre-tinted wet mixes are very easy to use). In comparison, premium paint costs about .25 to .30 cents per square foot. Gypsum plaster costs about .30 cents per square foot (and then you have to paint it). Most other lime based plasters are at least twice our price. Application costs about $4 to $12 per square foot, depending on size and desired finish


How is it applied?

Usually with a trowel. Usually in 2 coats. Time can be greatly accelerated by spraying or sometimes rolling on the first coat (then back-trowel it).


Is it eco-friendly?

Yes, very. It's zero VOC, hypo- allergenic, doesn't off-gas, absorbs carbon dioxide, naturally resistant to mold and expels excess humidity. You'll hardly smell a thing when you're applying it. Very dark colors might sometimes have an odor to them.


What kind of homes, projects or designs is it for?

European, modern, contemporary. Latin, Arabic, eclectic, Asian, tropical and even Craftsman.  As far as color and variation - 'less is more' in larger areas and smaller areas can be more dramatic.


What’s the difference with other plasters?

There are usually 4 different kinds of plaster: gypsum plasters, synthetic plasters, cement plasters and lime plaster. We make lime plasters. Gypsum is harder to apply, usually needs paint or sealer, smells, and is difficult to maintain. Synthetic plasters are, well, not very natural. They look synthetic and are made for certain areas, like commercial exteriors. Cement plasters are made only for exteriors. They're very durable and very brittle, too. And then there's lime based plaster. That's what we have.
 

Where is it made?

Ventura, CA...in Southern California. 1 hour north of of Los Angeles and 25 minutes south of Santa Barbara. Ventura is known for it's surfing, views and amazing plaster makers.
 

Why is our exterior stucco better than conventional cement stucco?

Cement stuccos crack more the lime stuccos, cement is not very vibrant, limited in color, limited in applications techniques, difficult to repair, doesn't absorb carbon dioxide, not breathable, not resistant to mold and usually, just doesn't look good. Lime Stucco is the opposite.

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