Sometimes shaking a can of paint isn’t enough to get a good mix.
Old paint that has been sitting around for a while will often separate to the point where you need a paint mixer to get it back into shape.
Although you can stir the paint with a stick, that may take some time to complete.
Instead, you can use a combination of a mixer paddle and electric drill to do the job fast.
What is a Paint Mixer?
A paint mixer is pretty much what it sounds like. It is a device that is used to stir the paint until it fully recombines or mixes properly.
Over time, paint can separate even when inside the can. In fact, paint can separate while still at the store before you make your purchase.
Although the elements of the paint can remain good for a long time, they will need to be mixed properly if you want to get the best results.
Why You Need a Paint Stirrer?
You need it because without a proper mixing, the paint will not apply to the surface in the way you want.
The separation is generally the water or oil that is used to thin the paint winds up on top while the paint itself sits on the bottom.
Dipping your brush into separated paint means getting nothing but the oil or water on your brush while the paint is too thick to be picked up.
A paint stirrer will bring together the oil or water and paint back to their proper form.
Before you purchase the paint, you can have it mixed with a paint shaker if the store has one.
But you will still need a paint mixer/stirrer at home just in case.
How to Use a Paint Mixer on a Drill?
You will need a drill, a paint mixer paddle, and some cardboard.
Once you have the tools, you can start to mix the paint.
Get a piece of cardboard that is larger than the opening of the can so it can sit on top.
Now, punch a hole in the middle of the cardboard just large enough to let the rod of the mixer paddle slide through.
Attach the drill to the rod and tighten.
Now, put the mixer paddle into the open can of paint.
Make sure the cardboard is resting on top of the can so that it does not splash out.
Hold the drill vertically with one hand and place the other hand on the cardboard to ensure that it does not move.
You can use painter’s tape if you want to help hold it down.
Turn the drill on and move the mixer paddle up and down inside the can of paint.
The drill can be moved slowly up and down for one to two minutes. Or, as long as the instruction on the can of paint states.
Once completed, you can turn off the drill, separate it from the rod, and remove the cardboard along with the mixer paddle.
The end result is a fully mixed can of paint.
All you need to do is clean the paddle and throw away the cardboard.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls. He had worked as a painter for more than a decade to serve the customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques that are being implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.