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Plaster finishes with different appearances

Not only the choice of plaster color, but also the choice of appropriate texture should be considered in order to obtain a complete and harmoniously finished appearance of the facade.

A variety of plasters with the so-called ‘scratched’ and ‘dragged’ textures is available on the market. The textures of each product contain marble granules in different size. The size of granules influences the final aspect of the coating. To indicate the different types of textures, acronyms are often added to the name of the plaster: S – for scratched texture and D – for dragged texture. The figure that follows the letter indicates the size of the marble granules contained in the plaster: D1.5 – plaster with a scratched texture, size of granules approx. 1.5 mm.

The smaller the grain sizes of the granules, the finer the texture of the plaster. In case of plasters with larger granules, the surface texture of the finish coating will be more embossed. The plasters with finer particles are recommended for smooth facades, without unevenness. The plasters with larger grain size are recommended when the substrate is not perfectly smooth in order to visually hide some slight irregularities. The plasters with larger texture are also suitable for environments with severe climatic conditions, as they form a thicker film.


The plasters are used to create a uniform structure of the decorative coating. Plastering is done initially with a stainless trowel, while texturing is done with a plastic trowel. For the correct texturing of the plaster, use a plastic trowel to rub it up in a circular motion so that the marble granules can be arranged in a beautiful pattern. It is important to note that, in order to ensure a uniform structure of the plaster, the circular motion must always be in the same direction.


The plasters contain a certain amount of larger marble granules allowing to achieve the typical striations on the surface, which are ‘dragged’ along the substrate and shape decorative grooves when working with the plastic trowel. Plastering is done initially with a stainless trowel, while texturing is done with a plastic trowel.

There are different options when it comes to texturing a  dragged plaster: 

  • Horizontally – pass the plastic trowel from left to right and vice versa, thus forming a surface striated with horizontal grooves.
  • Vertically – pass the plastic trowel vertically from top to bottom and vice versa, thus forming vertical grooves on the surface.
  • Circularly – pass the plastic trowel by making circular movements, thus forming spiral grooves on the surface.

In the DEKO professional portfolio, different types of plaster can be found, each with a wide variety of textures. 

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