You should stir it every time you take paint out of the can. Take it back to shake if it looks like the solids are separating from the liquidStore mixes and shakes the paint.
You go home and open and stir it and use it
If you use it the next day, how much do you need to stir it?
How do you know it's mixed again?
Actually, that does work quite well. The main thing is to get anything that may have settled re-incorporated.I hold it horizontally in front of my chest, making sure to hold the lid on tight, and shake as hard as I can, pretending I have a real paint shaker. I dunno. I amuse myself. Realistically, it depends on the kind of paint, but most will be fine for a few days if you don't stir them at all.
Works much better if it is not a full can.Actually, that does work quite well. The main thing is to get anything that may have settled re-incorporated.
You would be amazed at the number of times we have shaken paint that has a lot of colorant added, especially the deep colors, and have taken the lid off and we still see remnants of the colorant along the top edges. I do the he-man shake, put it back in the spinner and let it go a couple more minutes. And it is fine.
What kind of paint are you using??I might be wrong, but it always seemed to me that separation started as soon as the paint wasn't moving. The flecks, dye, etc. can only stay suspended in the liquid if you have some movement going on; else they begin sinking out straight away, yeah?
I've always shook my paint constantly; even while I'm using it I'll give it a stir with the drill attachment thingy. ~shrug~ That might just be an "artist" habit carry-over, I used to do acrylic figures and tabletop gaming figures and you had to shake the paint's all the time.
Most of the stuff I've been using here is apparently crap by ya'lls standards :vs_laugh: Bher, but I kinda don't mind if it's not great paint because I kinda like changing colors every few yearsWhat kind of paint are you using??
most of the paints I use, dont start to separate for weeks.
the only time I need to bust out a drill mixer is for older oil, lacquers, or if Im actually mixing colors. Or if I buy some 123 or something and forget to have the store shake it.
I don't know if paint quality has anything to do with the mixability or staying mixed or whatever. Not exactly my area of expertise; however scientifically, logically, it would start to sediment immediately - if it didn't then the particles (dye, flecks, etc.) would be "lighter" (less dense) than the paint base, so it wouldn't necessarily need mixing at all as it wouldn't separate out on you.What does changing colors a lot have to do with using crappy paint? You can get better paint for cheaper at a real paint store...
The thing about Behr is, they add a bunch of crap to it to thicken it up, so people can think it covers better. If you change colors a lot, you dont want thicker paint, cuz it will build up too much over time.
[I mean if a paint company, presumably a good quality one, were looking for ultimate customer friendly usability then they'd have an equalized system with dye/fleck that was the same density as their base medium to do just that. Just my opinion.]