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Many professionals prefer to use ANTICO GOLD with golden chameleon effect for internal decoration. This decorative paint or plaster yields an effect of golden gradient with pearl shine. Its trait is the ability to be combined with any water-based colorant. ANTICO GOLD is manufactured only from natural pigments and wooden gums.
ANTICO GOLD storyline
ANTICO GOLD’s history is quite ancient and has many episodes. Its composition and the application technique have been well known since Ancient Egypt. That was the time known for its usage of precious metals in interior decoration, which led to the idea to imitate this type of surface. As it came up later, it’s been easier to use this material than real metal and pearl mica. By that time golden paint with silk effect has been not too expensive and also allowed a wide range of techniques to be used for application. The material made looked as velvet shimmering with gold, changing its shades like a chameleon.
If you were to compare the application of this material to the comparable natural one (silk or velvet cloth), you’d notice the greater application ease of the first one. Original sort of the golden paint allowed faster transportation due to the one is dry. The components were mixed together right on the location.
The golden paint was used in Ancient Egypt at times when it’s been impossible to purchase natural silk or velvet. This hasn’t always been a disadvantage. The paint was durable and long-lasting. Besides that, it was moisture-proof and sustainable to the temperature changes. No wonder the tradition to use this material migrated all the way from Ancient Egypt to Renaissance Europe, where it was unbelievably popular. Plaster with pearl-effect can be spotted in many buildings of that period of time.
ANTICO GOLD components
The manufacturing technology of golden-effect plaster stayed unchanged since the ancient time. Depending on intended outcome, the proportions can be changed by the manufacturer. On the contrary, main components stay the same. Pearl or golden gum is considered to be the most important component.
The diameter of particles also influences the final result. If the particles are large, the ornament would be totally different. Besides that, the paint contains wooden gums, which are needed to bond the components together. Pigments are also a part of the deal. It’s needed to be noted, that earlier only the organic components were used in production. Now non-organic components are also used.
Anyway, the pearl-effect plaster doesn’t contain limestone. It’s considered to be a natural material and doesn’t contain more than 5% of acryl. As a result of application you can see a magnificent picture reminding of aged silk of velvet with a shade of gold. The plaster gives beautiful shining and amazing pattern, where different shades shine. If the plaster contains more than 5% of acryl, the looks of it differs on the wall.
ANTICO GOLD application
You need to have appropriate instrument at hand in order to work with ANTICO GOLD. What you’d need: a brush, a trowel, and a spatula. Golden paint with chameleon-effect is applied on small areas (appox. 1 square meter per application). Decorative layer is applied without delay with paint-roller, trowel, brush or even a sponge.
You need to familiarize yourself with the instrument before application of the paint. It’s preferable to work on the technique. It can be done with the help on moist cardboard as a surface of application.
You should begin the application of the material only when the base-layer is ready. The base-layer should be covered with special deep-penetration primer. The primer is intended to improve the adhesion with the plaster, allowing the latter to stay intact for many years. Besides that the primes acts and an anti-septic cover, preventing the fungal infestation of the walls. It’s common for the surface to stay not perfectly even after the application of the primer. It’s also recommenced to use some affordable plaster to even-out the walls, which would allow the final layers of plaster to be applied better.
Plaster application technique
ANTICO GOLD is easy to use. The application doesn’t require any creative skills or special education. Anyway, experience still plays its role. The core-point of the application process is in using metal-made spatula to consequently apply numerous layers of the plaster. It’s important that you use only steel-made spatula, so it doesn’t leave traces of metal inside the plaster during the application.
ANTICO GOLD is applied in a layer-by-layer manner, allowing each preceding layer to get dry before starting with the following one. The silk-effect plaster is applied evenly, with light chaotic movements. Most of the times you need to apply two or three layers of this material.
Initially the surface is covered with a layer of Fonprimer. After finishing the base layer, the surface should be evened out without polishing hence making it free from small waste. Only after that the base-layer can be used for other works. This layer lets us create the pattern which will appear as the gold and velvet-effect.
The pattern is supplemented with the second layer of ANTICO GOLD. Since this material is transparent, the pattern is seen clearly. In order to make the pattern more saturated, one should use the instrument in a more chaotic manner. The material should be evenly distributed on the surface of the spatula, so that the pattern appears more evenly. When using the trowel you should always make sure to apply it the working surface at an angle of approximately 15-25 degrees. After the second layer of the plaster is finished, you can lightly polish it in order to make it more velvet-like. If the second layer is not intended to be the final one it should not be polished too thoroughly.
The final layer is importance because it created the final pattern and is reliable for the whole decorative effect. You should apply a small amount of plaster with a spatula, which provides the velvet-feel to the surface. One should consider that the lesser the angle of the spatula and larger amount of pressure would provide easier polishing.
The fourth layer is not needed, because the third layer would give us the magnificent velvet-feel surface with golden-effect. Usually the usage of ANTICO GOLD is about 150-200 grams per square meter; this number should be used for the needed amount computation. Also you need to consider the number of layers to be applied.
Advantages of natural plaster
Some specialists prefer the plaster to be dimmer, shining not too bright. This effect is achievable and depends on the polishing amount done after the plaster’s application. Modern-days product range of decorative materials lets you choose between glossy pearl-style and moderate dim effect.
Usually the interior plaster with silk-effect is used to decorate the inner surfaces of the rooms. It’s only considered to be a decorative material. No wonder, because of the natural materials, which cannot be used on the facades. However, some of the high-tech manufacturers have recently started to offer special decorative plasters for facades too. Definitely the materials used are not of natural descent, but still the result is quite impressive.
This type of plaster contains numerous acrylic elements, which is the reason why it can be used to decorate the exteriors. In this case the environment does not destroy the surface. However, one must realize that the use of such material leads to a different appearance than one should have had using the natural material. Natural shining and the pattern’s depth will simply vanish.
Besides that, natural plasters have other advantages. We are talking about its repairability; some of the flaws and signs of damage can be restored. There is no need to carry-out the restoration of the entire surface; one square meter is enough. It’s very convenient and cost-efficient. ANTICO GOLD’s special feature is its use for pattern-style paining. Bright pattern on golden velvet looks just amazing!
ANTICO GOLD decorative plaster with golden chameleon effect is also antibacterial and vapor-proof. When applied on the walls, the material lets them “breathe”, preventing from fungus and mold. This trait is mostly appreciated when the material is used in moisture-exposed areas of the building such as pools and bathrooms. However, when used in such areas, it’s highly recommended to apply an additional layer of LuxDeco protective varnish. The process of solidification of the plaster takes about one month; it makes the surface stronger and firmer. The plaster won’t suffer even if exposed to moisture.
Hereby, ANTICO GOLD, pearl- and chameleon-effect silk plaster has a wide range of uses. Having proved its quality among the professionals, it is in high demand by decoration specialists. Well-known interior designers and using ANTICO GOLD to create exceptional patterns and give velvet-style looks to interiors. Golden shine, shimmering in the sun and under the artificial light uncovers the chameleon effect, showing the range of colors and shades.