I had to write about it, because it made my Saturday absolutely miserable.
I love Venetian Plaster. I have done my bedroom and master bath in gorgeous marble like Venetian Plaster I have bought in Home Depot.
I had an absolutely terrible experience with Signature Venetian Plaster from Lowes today. I am an experienced painter and I used different types of plaster before. I just recently finished plastering my bedroom with Venetian Plaster from Home Depot and it was so much easer. I had no idea that Lowe's plaster is different. First of all, it is too liquid, almost like a thick paint, so it is an impossible to handle it with anything but brush. Well, there no brush involved in plastering. Second, it dries as quickly as nail polish, so if you go back where you were 1 minute ago, you destroy everything. Third, if you walls not completely smooth, you will need at list 3 layers. I managed to do two, but than had to add some more in some places.
But the most important, which makes me really unhappy - it takes twice as much time as Home Depot's plaster and you need twice as much material!!!!!
I did read INSTRUCTIONS on the can. It says "one gallon will cover 150-190 sq.ft per coat". So, I did some math. And approximately for two coats average coverage is 87sq.ft. I used the whole gallon and I covered (with two coats) only 62 sq.ft. That is mean that for the promised cost of 37 cents per sq.ft ( $32.57/87), I realistically got $52 cents per sq.ft.
It is 11:30 p.m. and I am very disappointed to be left with unfinished project. To cover $62 sq.ft I spent 8 hours. Also, I will have to go to the store and buy the second gallon and spend my Sunday finishing up this small bathroom project!
Please, test your product before putting it on the shelves!!!!! It is really needs to be more thick! Also, the color of "Pelle" was moredark and green than sample shows.
The funny part - after I went to Lowe's website and left my comment about this, I can not open their site on my computer anymore. It says that they perform maintenance. I hope it is not only because of me...
By the way, the result is stunning, so at the end of the day, I will love it.