Does anyone know the easiest way to shake paint at home?

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.

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orksecurity6 years ago
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.
Whups, a few words got lost: "its probably BEST TO open carefully". Sorry; fingers were apparently running faster than mind again.
EToft2 years ago

I just posted this if anyone is still looking... https://www.instructables.com/id/Shakemix-a-gallon-of-paint/

Try This Method!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR6RlOvJrF4
aeray6 years ago
I suspect it doesn't apply in your case, but I've seen spraypaint cans shaken by taping them to a long reciprocating saw (Sawzall) blade and then... sawing?
seandogue6 years ago
If latex, I generally just twist the can vigorously using the handle. If it's been more than a couple of weeks, I'll literally shake the can before and after the twisting. In my experience, and aside from an initial purchase (which needs a good mixing), the colloidal suspension of most latex is quite good and should hold up for many days.

If more than a month or so, I agree with burf. Stir.
there was a instructable on plastic coat hangers and the guy made a paint stir stick the you put in a drill. Simple and effective. Do a search I'm sure you can find it.

jeff-o6 years ago
A mixing stick should be fine. There shouldn't be any need to shake 2 week old paint.
rickharris6 years ago
Much modern paint is a jell and doesn't need stirring or shaking - check the tin. otherwise simple stir with a handy stick will do the job..

As an aside ALWAYS store pain on its lid end - this then sets any skin on the bottom of the can when you turn it over.

Clean the edge of the tin well before replacing the lid or you will get bits in the tin next time you remove the lid.

use a paint kettle - keeps the tin clean.
Burf6 years ago
If it has only been two weeks, I would just use a regular paint stick and stir it up well. A paint shaker isn't necessary.

Some paints should be stirred and not shaken, unlike a good martini.
FoolishSage6 years ago
A paint mixer attachment for a drill can mix paint quite well (hence the name of course).