Venetian plaster is a truly beautiful sight. It gives a marble-like finish to any surface, as long as it is applied correctly and burnished properly. It gives this beautiful illusion of depth and texture, but it is actually a smooth surface. Unfortunately, while Venetian plaster is normally quite sturdy, there are times when it cracks. 

Here are a few examples of situations that may cause Venetian plaster to crack:


Stress is likely the most obvious source of cracking, but it’s worth noting. Should a powerful blow hit the Venetian plaster, it will cause damage and cause cracks to appear.


Subtle as it may seem, this can also be a source of cracking. The wind can cause erosion over time, weakening and eventually cracking your wonderful Venetian plaster.


When subjected to sudden and violent temperature changes, Venetian plaster will crack due to expansion and contraction.

Incorrect Application or Burnishing

It’s key to get the best services possible when you get Venetian plaster applied. A shoddy job due to improper burnishing or incorrect application will most certainly lead to cracks. In the same context, if mixed either with the wrong proportions or the wrong materials entirely, Venetian plaster will crack as it is not going to form properly. 

How Do I Repair Venetian Plaster?

Venetian plaster might be stronger than drywall, but it can still be damaged. Thankfully, there are ways to repair it. The best method of repair is to hire a professional to reapply plaster to the cracks. This will allow maximum strength to return to your interior plaster and stucco. 

You can also attempt to DIY repair your plaster. You just need to get the mix right and very carefully fill in the cracks. It sounds easy but will actually be very difficult, so it might be best to hire a professional. Mistakes can be rather costly in terms of time and money.

Why Should I Choose Venetian Plaster Walls Over Others Options?

  • A Visual Treat

If you’re looking for the beauty and grandeur of marble walls without the price tag, look no further than Venetian plaster. It’s made of marble dust mixed with plaster and has that same visual impact. 

  • Environmentally Friendly

It’s truly a beautiful sight, but it’s also environmentally friendly. That’s right, Venetian plaster also helps the environment by absorbing CO2. Venetian plaster uses lime plaster in its makeup, which absorbs CO2 in the air and turns it into limestone. This also makes the Venetian plaster stronger in the processa win-win!

  • Prevents Mold and Mildew

Venetian plaster also helps prevent mold and mildew because it has a high pH level. This means that Venetian plaster creates a hostile environment for mold since it cannot survive in very acidic locations. 

  • Nontoxic

One of the best parts of Venetian plaster is that it is nontoxic. It doesn’t release harmful volatile organic compounds into the air.

  • Odorless

Moreover, in comparison to choosing to use paint that releases harmful, smelly fumes, Venetian plaster is odorless. This means that you will be able to move into your new home faster.


Venetian plaster is a beautiful, durable, environmentally friendly option for your interior or exterior plaster and stucco needs. Though like any plaster, it may crack at times, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue as you can repair it yourself or through the help of professionals. Remember, you can avoid a lot of the cracking by hiring good, well-reviewed professionals to mix your Venetian plaster and apply it properly.

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