Introduction: Expedient Paint/Stain Stir Stick

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Every so often you need to revive a can of paint or stain. You can shake or jostle it for a while and still have a certain level of separation. If you're lucky your local store will put you old can in the shaker,but it not you need a stick stick.  If you don't have one around and don't have any scrap sticks to use here is a quick way to make a darn good stick for usually zero cost using a wire coat hanger.

Step 1: Start Forming the Hanger

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Make a 'V' with the hanger by folding the bottom crosspiece up to the hook.

Step 2: A Couple Twists

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Give each leg a couple twist. I use a pair of pliers to get a nice tight twist, though you can do it be hand as well.

Step 3: Stir It Up!

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Stir your paint, stain, whatever using a whisking motion. Dig down to the bottom the get the solids well mixed in.  Before you open the can, turn it upside-down and give it a quick shake. If you can let it sit upside-down overnight it will blend easier, but even a few minutes will make a difference.


lemonie (author)2010-07-18

Coat hangers are useful like this, if only someone sold just the wire off a reel...


Goedjn (author)lemonie2010-10-27

They do. Look for electric fence wire. It should come in 1/4 mile reels.
If you can't find that, you can try the wire they use for hanging track for suspended ceilings. Those come in pre-cut lengths of about the right thickness.

lemonie (author)Goedjn2010-10-27

That may have been said with fencing wire in mind, but I cant remember. Thanks for the comment.


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