I bought a 5 gallon container of primer since I'm going to be doing a
lot of painting over the next year.
Do I find a big stick and stir a lot or is there a (cheap) mechanical
stirrer that will do a better job?
Geez...can't they homogenize these things?
I was thinking about getting a wire coat hanger and bend it into a shape for
stirring, stick it on the end of my electric drill at a slow speed and
giving it a go.
Not the best but free of charge and better than stirring by hand.
Or even just a long piece of dowelling and nail a paddle shape on the end.
Actually, I use a coat hanger wire in a drill all the time and it
works great! Just bend the part that goes in the paint can in a zig-
zag shape with pliers. You just have to take a little time and care
to get it to spin relatively balanced on axis.
To clean off the wire, spin it at high speed in an empty paint can.
Note the words I used in my post: "something similiar to this". My
guess is that most paint stores or borgs don't carry the DeWalt model,
but something much cheaper.
Besides, their price was only nine freaking teen quid. :-)
That's roughly 40 bucks for something to stir a can of paint?
As said you can make something; and/or for smaller cans of paint I've
used a bent coat hangar, piece of bent heavy fence wire and/or a
single left over stirrer from an old food hand mixer!
Pays not throw anything away btw.
IIRC one guy cut off part of the handle of an old large serving spoon
and chucked that in an electric hand drill to stir paint.
Some brands seems to be better homogenized than others. What do you mean by
painting a lot? If you mean a few five gallon containers, just use the free
wooden stick for the 5 gallon cans. Otherwise, invest in a paint mixer for
the five gallon cans:
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You will also need a good drill with a 1/2" chuck too. I use this, strong
Another thing and its cheap is that you pour the paint into an empty five
gallon can and than back again to the other one in conjunction with steering
to get a real good mix. I do this with all the cans to prevent color
variations from various batches of paint.
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