Does anyone know the easiest way to shake paint at home? Answered
Have paint that hasn’ been used for about 2 weeks and would like to know if there is any way to shake it enough at home that it will be mixed well to use.
I agree with Burf: stirring is usually sufficient; shaking is just an efficient way of stirring. (And may not be all that efficient with partial cans; trapping air in the paint is usually not a good thing.)
It just takes more stirring the longer you let the paint sit before using it.
If you’re worried that it needs more stirring than you can manage before your arms tire out, most hardware stores sell what amounts to a blender blade on the end of a long shaft. Chuck it in an electric drill, stick it in the paint, pull the trigger, and let it run for a while. Depending on whether yours has metal or plastic blades, you may want to first scrape the bottom with a stick to help get things started.
While I’m here: I was recently reminded that premixed shellac — including the variety sold as sealer — does go bad over time, and in the process of doing so can build up a fair amount of pressure in the can. In general, if you have a can of finish that’s past the official expiration date imprinted on the package, it’s probably open CAREFULLY, preferably with safety goggles or under a cloth in case it tries to spray, and be prepared to throw it out if it doesn’t look like you expected it to.Have paint that hasn' been used for about 2 weeks and would like to know if there is any way to shake it enough at home that it will be mixed well to use. ]]>