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How to Burnish Venetian Plaster Finish

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

You have applied the Venetian Plaster to your walls. Now you need to burnish the Venetian Plaster finish.  Burnished Venetian Plaster should have a smooth, polished look.

For Best Results:

Allow the second coat of Venetian Plaster to dry for a minimum of 24 hours before burnishing.

However, make sure to burnish within 7 days of applying the plaster.

Suggested Supplies

  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Rags
  • Steel Trowel
  • Stir Stick
  • Sandpaper
Step 1

If you are burnishing the surface, use 400 or 600-grit sandpaper. Rub the surface in a circular motion until you arrive at the polished look you like. For larger areas, a power sander may be used.

Heavy pressure will burnish the surface more quickly.
Step 2

Wipe the surface with a slightly water-dampened rag to remove any plaster dust.

Step 3

Once sanded, use the flat side of a clean steel trowel to rub the finish for an added polished appearance.

Step 4

Continue the process until you have completed burnishing.