It's called "stirring"... :)
Sure, just takes time if you don't have a paddle for your drill or can't
make one up out of something. (Warning, go S_L_O_W and damhikt). :)
May be just as fast to run to the store, depending on where it is
relative to you...
How much stirring depends a lot on the paint and how much tint, etc.
Some remixes pretty easily, other is a proverbial pita. I'd give it a
shot and see how it goes, then decide if it's a trip or not. But, it
certainly is doable w/ some time assuming that the material is still
good, of course.
Good grief! When it takes too much energy to mix a gallon of paint,
I'll be dead :o) Get a paint stirrer - flat stick - and start mixing by
moving the stick around in the can in "figure 8" around the bottom.
Then stir with lifting motion to help get what has settled "up". Even
if you shake it at the store, you should mix it again just prior to each
use. You can keep from slopping paint all over the rim by covering it
first with a strip of tin foil. When you have it blended pretty well,
just mix a bit longer by cutting back and forth across can with narrow
side of stick. If the lid is on tight, you could preceed all of this by
standing it on it's head overnight. G'luck :o)
There isn't any "of course." Some will noticeably
be separate and some will not appear to have
separated at all after several years.
I have never had latex paint that wouldn't remix,
but if it has frozen at one time or another it
will probably be unusable. Even when the top
skims over in a 1/4 full can it will still remix
and be usable. The easiest way with a full gallon
is to pour half of it into another can. Get a
stick and stir like crazy in both cans. Then pour
the paint back and fourth with some stirring in
between pours. In about 10 minutes it will be
fully reblended. As far as matching, I just
finished doing some recaulk in some areas, and
repainted those areas with paint that was about 6
years old. Can't tell where I repainted (gray
paint). I did the same with yellow, which fades
worse than most paint, with paint that was more
than 6 years old and no one could tell where I
repainted. 'Course I used, Dutch Boy best grade,
which I'm sure some will denigrate, but it works
for me. Also no problem with Glidden's top line.
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