Marittimo Plaster - 50lb Bag
(Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery)
50 pound bag of Marittimo plaster (Oyster color).
The strongest of the three plasters, Marittimo draws its beauty and charm from the Mediterranean villages of Morocco and the playfulness and color of the Caribbean islands. Crushed shell aggregates give it strength. It is the shell itself that provides the speckle that adds depth and subtle sheen to any interior environment. Somewhat reminiscent of the ancient shell terrazzo floors of Italy and Egypt, Marritimo brings a soft patina that envelops a room with exquisite beauty. When reworked with a Lexan trowel, Marritimo imparts a glow unequaled in the world of plaster.
MARITTIMO can also be sprayed on as well as hand-troweled.
Inspired by Mediterranean and Carribean finishes, Marittimo brings the ocean's tranquility into your home. Sea shell aggregate gives a magnificent subtle speckle to Maritimo, adding depth to your walls. This plaster feels like it has been polished with warm beeswax and is wonderful to touch. The same pigments used in Loma and Porcelina will appear a shade darker or grayer in Marittimo.
Marittimo goes over a base coat of Loma and is as easy to apply as Loma. It is our most durable plaster, and costs a bit more per square foot than Loma and Porcelina. Made of a variety of clays, crushed sea shells, natural mineral pigments and a non-toxic mold inhibitor.
Coverage: 160 square feet per 50 lb. bag in one coat over a base coat of American clay Loma.
Benefits of American Clay:
American Clay Earth Plaster is a practical, environmentally-friendly alternative to cement, gypsum, acrylic, and lime plasters. It is compatible with the “breathable” construction recommended for both historic and new buildings.
American Clay plasters have a far longer working time than other plasters—up to several days if you need it—so you can take your time and work with confidence that the surface won’t “set” before you’ve achieved just the finish you want. Besides, there’s no waste. You can reuse any excess plaster—even after you’ve mixed it and it’s dried. Just break it up and rehydrate it. Our plasters can be troweled on like traditional plasters, but you can also spray them on with a drywall hopper.
One of the many benefits of American Clay over other wall surfaces is its capability to produce negative ions. Many things in nature hold a negative charge, and humans living close to nature are accustomed to being surrounded by a negative charge in the air, or negative Ions. Inside today's modern home and office there are computers, electrical appliances, electric cords, LEDs and synthetic plastic products (which includes most modern wall coverings like latex paint), all of which produce and maintain a positive charge in the air. Normal Ion count in fresh country air is 2,000 to 4,000 negative Ions per cubic centimeter. At Yosemite Falls, you'll experience over 100,000 negative Ions per cubic centimeter. On the other hand, the level is far below 600 per cubic centimeter in an average home, and in a windowless office with computers it can be zero.
Natural clay maintains an incredibly dense molecular structure and shape, giving it the capacity to produce a self-generated negative charge upon hydration. Even the simple evaporation of water from clay has the capacity to produce negatively changed particles in the air. This means that when your walls breathe, or hydrate slightly with changes in humidity and slowly dry out, your interior space is being steeped in negative ions.
Negative ions are proven to produce positive biochemical reactions in humans. A negative charge in a space acts on our capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen, causing us to have more energy and feel invigorated. Negative ions also have been proven to increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our feelings of well being.
Surrounding your interior environment with unsealed clay plasters, or clay paints, that produce negative Ions will not only help neutralize the electromagnetic effect created by computers, appliances and synthetic plastics, but also will help eliminate static charge on walls. Your walls stay clean and will not attract dust! Also, by having clay plaster on a wall you are helping to filter air of pollen and dander. The negative charge emitted by clay causes particulates in the air to clump together and literally fall to the floor where they can be vacuumed up.
The capacity of clay plaster to "breathe" and release negative ions is very unique and not found in any other wall covering on the market today. Concrete, Gypsum, Marble, Lime, and decorative acrylic plasters do not release negative ions, breathe with changes in humidity, or resist dust. American Clay is unique in its ability to literally alter a space for the benefit of those inhabiting it!
A Note About Surfaces:
American Clay Earth Plasters will cover most wall surfaces. However, it is not recommended for application on oriented strand board (OSB), tongue and grooved paneling, and other materials prone to expansion and contraction with changes in temperature and moisture. Our plasters are also not recommended as a finish over ceramic tile.
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