Trevor Manton of 5 STAR FINISHES was introduced to paint and plaster as a teenager growing up in Richmond, British Columbia. He learned from his father, a master painter, to perform his work impeccably. After earning his degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University, moved to Australia. There, he was exposed to Venetian Plaster and Microcement, learning the techniques from a French artisan. It was completely eye-opening to learn of a whole world of decorative options, far superior to paint and concrete stucco!
"Our finishes are far superior to paint and stucco"
Trevor earned a Certificate III in solid plastering and began working with the French artisan and a local tradesperson skilled in drywall and solid plaster. Together the team cultivated many techniques and finishes which were introduced to the mainstream market in Australia. Their work expanded throughout Australia and New Zealand, being featured in Louis Vuitton, H & M, Hilton Hotel, BVLGARI, among others. Since the inception of these techniques and finishes by Trevor and his team, there has been a market explosion in Australia as several other application companies and even manufacturers have sprang up.
In 2016, Trevor relocated back to the Vancouver, British Columbia area. Finding that almost none of the tools and materials he required to offer Venetian plaster were available, he began researching where they may be obtained. Already having connections in France, Italy, and the U.S., he was excited to find that just south of the border in Washington, Oregon and especially in California, a Venetian plaster movement has been growing with great momentum. By networking with several sources for innovative, quality products, Trevor was able to find everything he needed to provide 5 STAR FINISHES to clients in the Vancouver area and elsewhere across the nation.
Over the past three years, Trevor has used his knowledge of chemistry and the help of prominent chemical companies Dow Chemicals and Akzo Nobel to develop his own plaster formulations. Ceaseless time spent sourcing specific raw materials and testing formulations has culminated in truly unique, custom finishes for our clientele. Trevor has also recently sourced many new specialty tools, additives, primers, sealers, and microcement corner beads unavailable in Canada which are allowing us to continually fine-tune and enhance the systems we provide to our valued clients.