Our Caolino Lucido Venetian Decorative Plaster is developed with the purest form of Kaolin clay known as Imerys Kaolin Grolleg manufactured in Britain that has been blended with marble powder and special additives for added adhesion and hardness. Kaolin clay is much safer to work with, is more ph neutral, zero voc and ecologically friendly to the environment. There is no use of kilns or production of carbon dioxide in the making of Caolino. This plaster comes in a cream white base that can be tinted. Caolino can be used on interiors only and should be applied in a minimum of 2 coats over another of our thicker plasters such as Scintilla Intonaco. Caolino can only be applied over Scintilla, or Liscia as these provide a stronger and more absorbent base layer. The final appearance of Caolino can have subtle cloudy affects, matte to satin finishes or high gloss burnished looks with intense color shadings. This is a product that is very refined and often is used for prestigious venues, where a smooth feel, high reflections and visual mottling is required to create the illusion of depth on flat surfaces. Caolino is very similar to our Vp Satin Marble but has a mechanical set vs a chemical set and can be easily cleaned and fixed for repairs by using water to soften the clay. The working times of our clay plasters are longer than lime based plasters and can be kept wet with water to eliminate cold joints etc.
Caolino can be modified for extra durability and ease of use, especially for base coats. Simply add a prepackaged amount of lime provided with your plaster prior to mixing with water to create a slight chemical set that helps in durability and keeps your base layer from wetting out and becoming difficult to work on or to help novice applicators.
Pro Tip: Kaolin is softer than lime when dry and will polish to a glass like shine using a wool bonnet and a cut polisher.