Venetian Plastering

Most people in the USA consider Venetian Plasters, a faux finish. The word faux means fake, but there is nothing fake about the Venetian Plasters we apply. If you have ever been to Europe, you know that a faux finish cannot match the beauty of Plaster finishes found there. The longevity is the reason for the popularity for so many centuries. Faux finishers use thick paint and call it Venetian Plaster, which has to be sealed, waxed or use a topcoat to make it durable. When you have authentic Venetian Plasters installed in your home you will have a wall finish that has proven the test of time. No paint texture will last a thousand years. Throughout history, only two surfaces have proven to have this kind of durability. (Marble and Venetian Plasters). The cost of marble makes doing your entire home not very practical. But true Italian plaster is made out of Marble and once it dries it actually returns back to stone.

Venetian Plaster, the original "Green" product, allows the plaster to breathe. This is why they do not mold or mildew like paint or faux finish. The air in your home will become a healthy environment for you and your family. Patching is a very touchy subject with painters or faux finishes. Quinn Plastering patch perfectly. This is due to the fact that we do not squirt tint into a bucket of product. We formulate each color and it is accurate to 100th of a gram. I like to keep records of the tint used on your project so we can come back years later to patch if needed. Most so-called Venetian Plasters are just tinted with universal tints like at Home Depot or Lowes. These kinds of tints do not work in plasters made out of limestone and marble. Our tints are mineral and natural.

Interior Plastering

The main purpose of Interior Wall Plastering is usually to create a smooth surface to decorate.

Exterior Plastering


Bonding is a preparatory work on rough and uneven surfaces for a skimmed smooth and flat finish. Bonding is normally used as a base coat for skimming. This can also be used on an uneven surface to straighten it out to allow for an even skim coat to be applied.


Skimming is the most common finish that is found on ceilings and walls. It is a plaster application that is finished and polished to a high standard on straight surfaces, arches and curves. The plaster is applied in two coats, then troweled up several times to achieve a highly polished finish which is ideal to paint or wallpaper over. Skimming is used over either sheetrock boards, bonding situations or the sand and cement finish mentioned below.

Sand And Cement Rendering

Sand and Cement Rendering is applied to the block walls inside the building, leaving the surface level ready for a skimmed finish. Sand and cement can be built up to between two and five coats. The first coat is scudding which is a string mix of sand and cement used to give grip to the scratch and float coats. Even up to three scratch coats can be applied to a poorly aligned wall. But if the wall is reasonably well aligned, just one coat will be enough.

Dry Lining

Dry Lining – insulation slabs applied to the inside of external walls, taped or skimmed according to clients’ needs. Plaster boarding is used in modern and new housing for its speed and efficiency. It is much quicker to dry-line a room or house as opposed to more conventional methods such as block, sand and cement. Dry-lining has moved on over the years and there and now many types of plaster board which can be used for varying purposes. Some of them are:

  • Aqua board – used in wet areas such as bathrooms and shower enclosures
  • Sound board – used for its acoustic performance
  • Foil back board – used for its thermal advantages
  • Fire board – used for fire protection


Coving has had a number of uses but is mainly used for its decorative style. Coving comes in all shapes and sizes and is nearly always a concave shape. One of the uses for coving is to form a decorative shape between the wall and the ceiling. Coving can also be used to smooth our uneven joint lines between the wall and the ceiling.

There are different sizes of coving and the general rule of thumb is to use smaller types of coving in smaller rooms. Plaster coving is the favored type, due to its look, feel and decorative appeal.


We clean up to the best of our abilities at the completion of each job ensuring that the next in line has a clean slate to begin with.