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Old 11-20-2009, 01:50 PM   #1
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Hi I apply and train people on the craft of fine wall finish (Venetian plaster) applicaiton in Southern California. Fine wall finishes are very beautiful when done correctly. As I consult with professionals, I am happy to offer my advise to the DIYer.

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Old 11-20-2009, 02:07 PM   #2
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where can I get tadelakt plaster?

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did I say something wrong?
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Hi and welcome to the forum.
Please consider doing a tutorial, I'm sure many here would love to learn that style of wall finishing.

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where can I get tadelakt plaster?

You have to make it. 1/3 flour, 1/3 water, 1/3 ground-up crushed human bones. Add 5% lime and a tad of elakt and viola!
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or he could just go to Morocco....

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This place sells it: http://www.stuccoitalianoinc.com/sto...-lime-plaster/

I would only recommend doing tadelakt if your space is going to get wet or if your are a purist and are builiding a Moroccan house.

For a look very similar to this I would use marmarino plaster and tinted soap wax. This will be a lot easier.
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Great info! Thanks.
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This place sells it: http://www.stuccoitalianoinc.com/sto...-lime-plaster/

I would only recommend doing tadelakt if your space is going to get wet or if your are a purist and are builiding a Moroccan house.

For a look very similar to this I would use marmarino plaster and tinted soap wax. This will be a lot easier.
thanks. I though we lost ya for awhile.


I am considering it for a shower room and possibly an incorporated tub. Is there anything as durable and water resistant as tadelakt in a more modern medium you are aware of? Not that old world is bad but modern replacements often attempt to improve on any deficiencies in the original product and from what I read, tadelakt has a few inherent things I would like to avoid if possible.

and, if you happen to know; what kind of square footage coverage can I expect to achieve per pound of tadelakt?

whoops, never mind on that last question. They state it in that site you provided.

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Tadelakt had a short stint as the new trendy thing right before the economy crashed. A handful of professional applicators rushed to Morocco to learn the craft. They found that in order to make a profit on their jobs, they would have to charge more than $40 a square foot. That is extremely expensive and with the economy on the brink it just didn't pan out. Currently, there are realtively few sources for Tadelakt as there is not much demand.

In the DIY world you aren't constrained by a business process so it might be worth playing around with.

Technically any plaster that can be used for an exterior could technically go into a water area.

100% lime plasters are limestone. It absorbs water and then releases it when its dry like a side walk. The probelm is that althought H20 will come and go you have to consider managing soap scum and other perhaps other minerals in the water.

Personally, I would tile the area and plaster the walls around it.
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Personally, I would tile the area and plaster the walls around it.
I keep considering that but I hate grout lines and the tadelakt allows for the integral tub if I decide to go that way as well.


thanks for the info. anything else you might add is appreciated as well.

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