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How to burnish Venetian plaster

Do you like how walls covered with Venetian Plaster look and want to give your own interior that stylish finishing? The process of applying Venetian Plaster is rather straightforward, so I decided to focus on the next stage, namely burnishing Venetian plaster, for you to understand how to get that smooth and polished surface.

The whole procedure boils down to 4 steps, so read attentively, and good luck with your experiments.

Burnish Venetian plaster


For burnishing a surface, you need to use sandpaper (400 or 600-grit). Circularly move the sandpaper until you get the desired look. If you have to rub large surfaces, it makes sense to use a power sander.

Tip: Pressing heavier, you can burnish the surface quicker.


Use a slightly wet cloth to wipe the surface and get rid of plaster dust.


When the sanding stage is over, use a flat side of a clean steel trowel to rub the surface for a more pronounced polished look.


Keep working till you get the desired burnishing.

Now you know how to burnish Venetian plaster in a traditional way. Many companies nowadays create special kits for this job advertised as a more time-efficient method of coping with the task. If you decide on getting any of these kits, you will find detailed instructions on using them on a pack.

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