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Polished plaster is a term for the finish of some plasters and for the description of new and updated forms of traditional Italian plaster finishes. The term covers a whole range of decorative plaster finishes, from the very highly polished Venetian plaster and Marmorino to the rugged look of textured polished plasters. Polished plaster itself tends to consist of slaked lime, marble dust, and/or marble chips, which give each plaster its distinctive look.

Polished plaster is mainly used internally, on walls and ceilings, to give a finish that looks like polished marble, travertine, or limestone. Such plasters are usually applied over a primer and basecoat base, from one to four layers. They are finished (burnished) with a specialised steel trowel to a smooth glass-like sheen. Polished plaster is usually sealed with a protective layer of wax.


Venetian plaster is a wall and ceiling finish consisting of plaster mixed with marble dust, applied with a spatula or trowel in thin, multiple layers, which are then burnished to create a smooth surface with the illusion of depth and texture. Venetian plaster techniques include marmorino, scagliola, and sgraffito. When left un-burnished, Venetian plaster has a matte finish that is rough and stone-like to the touch.

When applied correctly, Venetian plaster can be used to create a highly polished, rock-hard, marble-like finish. Venetian plaster is especially useful on surfaces where marble panels could not be installed easily, and on surfaces that would be too expensive to have carved from real marble such as columns, corbels, and curved walls.


Venetian plaster can be tinted, or coloured using natural or synthetic colourants. The ability to tint Venetian plaster is especially helpful when a specific colour of “marble” is desired, or when a colour that does not exist naturally is wanted. Through the application of a top layer of wax sealant, Venetian plaster can also be rendered waterproof.

Venetian plaster has many trade names, like Venetian, Polished plaster, Stucco Veneziano, Stucco Lucido, Venetian stucco, Lucidato, Grassello di Calce, Classico, Luciano, but all of them represent one product, a fine putty, enriched with marble dust able to achieve a glossy finish.

We have a huge variety of historically accurate and modern finishes, using only the finest materials straight from Italy. You can be sure we have the ability and experience to complement any architectural theme at your home or business.

With so many different and totally unique finishes available we offer a sample service on request. If you have any ideas or queries please get in touch

Here at Bryant plastering services, we offer a wide range of polished plaster products to our customers across the UK and Europe. Our polished plaster is available in a range of finishes and we have something to suit all styles and budgets. Polished plaster is a perfect way to enhance the look of any home or business.

No matter what type of plaster you might be looking for, our dedicated team can provide advice and guidance to ensure you choose the best type for both your needs and that of your property.

Contact us today to discuss our polished plaster options or if you’ve already seen what you’re looking for, then please get in touch to arrange a consultation.



Bryant Plastering is a well established competitive company which has successfully been completing commercial and private projects for over twenty years.

The Randolph, Oxford

An Oxford institution and landmark, the prestigious Randolph Hotel contacted us to provide a quotation for some Plastering works to the spa. After our initial consultation , they were very impressed with our polished plaster package. Our team installed a high...


Bicester Village train station

We had the pleasure of working on the new Bicester Village train station. Works consisting of plasterboarding and Plastering. Working to tight deadlines we were still able to achieve the high spec finish that we have become reputable for.


Graven Hill

Graven Hill, on the southern edge of Bicester, is currently the largest opportunity in the UK for people who want to build their own home, and subject of Channel 4's Grand Designs: The Street. The team at Bryant Plastering have...


Coral springs Care Homes

This contract lasted over two years in two phases.  We worked on 15 plots consisting of 12 apartments each. In all, there were over 300 rooms, as well as a gymnasium, swimming pools and a community complex