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Installation Guidelines

 Versiplast is by far the most versatile texturing product in the industry. It can be installed in a endless variety of techniques, and it does not need to be primed, it will not crack, it can be tinted with universal colorants to almost any color, dries to a hard finish, and does not need any special preparation before procceeding.Versiplast can also be surface tooled using a water spritzer bottle to eliminate undesirable strokes. Available in quarts, gallons, 2.5 gallon, and 5 gallon containers.

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Versiplast can be applied in a great variety of techniques. The product is a dense but lightweight plaster that trowels easily over most existing substrates.Versiplast is designed to do everything that cheaper plaster compounds and inferior knockoffs cannot do. Due to the popularity and success of this coating there are knock-off products that have entered the industry, we have tested them and they cannot perform to the same standards as our product, try a simple color saturation test or test the product to see if it cracks in relief. Versiplast is manufactuerd in a 3 stage process that requires the utmost attention during each stage. Try versiplast then compare it to what is being offered as a substitute, and you will see there is no true comparison to it anywhere. Here is a quote from a Versiplast user: " Hi, my name is Hanneke Kelly, my business is Create A Room. I have been using your products for years now and have to say that Versiplast is by far my favorite product.  The finishes I have created with it are amazing". One of the most reliable and talked about coatings in the industry. Try it once and you will never go back to anything else.


Skip trowel technique


The skip trowel technique is a common, but desirable technique that when colorwashed, can resemble a gentle and authentically aged, patined, surface.Suitable for any design environment.



 Skip trowel system with stencil by Sandra Buckingham.


Step # 1:


            Begin by skimcoating the entire substrate (tinted or natural) with a thin tight layer of Versiplast. The type of trowel used can vary in size and brand depending on the preference of the applicator. If large areas are to be quickly rendered, a suitable selection of tools would include; a plasterers hawk

(palette,14” x 14”aluminum), a water spritzing bottle and a pool trowel (14” x 14” ). This type of trowel helps to control unwanted raised jagged stroke lines that could become visible in the final work and its larger size covers areas more rapidly.

To keep an open (seamless) edge with this finish it is advised to lightly spritz any working edges with water, this will in no way compromise the final cure strength of Versiplast. Once the first coat has fully dried (approx, 4 hrs.) the next step can begin.




            First scrape away any surface debris (nibs) left from the skimcoat. Now begin with the skip trowel technique. Load the long edge of the trowel with approximately 1” of material, then gently release onto the surface in a broken random stroke * take note of the pattern in the sample above. It may take some practice and time to develop the skill to achieve the desired pattern but once the technique has been learned it will become the foundation system in many situations. The amount of material that is released onto the surface can be controlled and altered using the water spritzer and trowel. NOTE* interesting details can be achieved at this point by pressing the entire flat face of the trowel into the versiplast and then quickly withdrawing the trowel.A deviated break or "rip-out" as we call it should form.The rip-out lends a realistic aging detail to the final effect. After creating a rip-out remember to lightly water spritz and knock back the area to control texture.




         When the skip trowel layer has fully dried, scrape away any surface debris (nibs) that are unwanted, then sand lightly with 120 grit paper (remove dust) and then apply any glaze, in any color to the surface (2 colors can give more depth to the final finish) .It is recommended that the glaze chosen for this step be of a good quality and have at least a 30 minute open time, ( Smoothrock Faux Contractors Glaze is recommended, although almost any good quality glaze will give appropriate results).




          After the glaze has dried, if a further distressing is desired, simply pass across the surface with a sponge sanding block ( medium grit ). This will remove glaze in high areas and reveal the color of the skip trowel coat below. Note* always sand with a circular motion NOTE : avoid showing sanding lines.




        No clearcoat is necessary if the glaze is good quality, however if clearcoat is needed or sheen needs altered, choose a good quality product and roll it over the entire surface,( Smoothrock Faux Dead Flat Varnish is recommended).


Heavy fan texture,



Follow the skimcoating instructions found in the skip trowel technique step#1. see above.


For a realistic effect the Versiplast should be tinted to a deep grey teal colour similar to Benjamin Moore colour #2057-10 river blue,                             



After the skimcoat has dried lay up an area roughly 3/8” thick and 4 ft. sq. then place the trowel edge onto the wet surface lift one corner of the trowel off the surface, leaving the other trowel corner on the surface, now pivot the trowel clockwise or anti-clockwise (a good way to visualize the correct motion is to think of the second hand of a clock) with that in mind allow the trowel to make contact with the wet Versiplast every 3 seconds of the clock, it is important that the stationary corner of the trowel remain tight to the surface while the long edge of the trowel sweeps up and down through the wet versiplast.

The slight forward action of the trowel while pivoting and moving up and down through the wet coating will result in a series of narrow, low valleys and high, peaked ridges that resemble an unfolding fan. When an acceptable shape has been accomplished simply lift the trowel from the surface and repeat the fan technique into the next chosen spot. It is desirable to have the fan shapes cross over and cut slightly into one another. When reaching the edge of the finished 4 sq. ft. area simply lay up another area the same size and repeat the process, continue this way until the surface has been fully rendered. * Note : this finish is too thick to allow for cold joints while working but it is not advisable to stop on any surface until it is fully rendered corner to corner. Practice this technique until it becomes easy to do. This technique is perfect for covering existing heavily textured and deviated surfaces .  Above is a sample of this technique finished with an acid metal reactive system .To achieve the aged metal appearance seen in this sample simply allow the versiplast fan texture to fully dry, then choose any metal reactive product and follow the manufacturers directions (it is not necessary to prime versiplast).  For the sample above the product we used is made by Goldleaf Metallic Powders www.glandmp.com then patined using an acid base spray from Modern Masters.  Cross brushing the acid spray while it is wet is advised for more control although vertical drips can add a realistic rain-aged appearance to the final effect.  *Note it may be necessary to apply the acid solution more than once to achieve consistent results. Try creating a faux tin plate ceiling.





Step # 1 Tint Versiplast to an appropriate slate color The sample above was tinted to Benjamin Moore colour # R-9911 lyons red.


Step # 2 follow the skim coating procedures as outlined in the skip-trowel technique.



Step # 3 once tinted skim-coat has dried mix large sized mica flakes (Silver black gold) into the remaining tinted Versiplast .They can be found locally.


Step # 4 Pull a fairly tight coat of this mixture across the surface. Go back every 5 –10 minutes and press then pull the trowel face into the semi-dry surface, this will cause realistic slate like surface fissures to appear.  To keep surface control in fissured areas lightly spritz them with water and gently draw the trowel across them.  Repeat this procedure across the entire surface.


Step # 5 When the surface has fully dried sand with 120-180 grit paper to cause the mica particles to be fully revealed.


Step # 6 Lay up a full coat of Duragloss and allow to dry for one hour, then trowel polish the surface.  This will cause a two-toned semi-gloss finish on all level areas while all low fissured areas will remain in a matte finish.



*Note; it will be necessary to use a combination of a broad knife trowel and a metal stucco trowel to render this finish (see tool j-peg under products page, tools)