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andy_P

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01-09-2014 04:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: paint stain storage

Just curious if anyone has had some experience with Rockler’s Mixing Mate? I finally had an occasion to use one of them that I purchased a while back. I used it on a quart can of oil stain that was about 3/4 empty. I’m sure it does a good job of mixing but what I found that it was not picking up the solid particles at the bottom of the can.

I had opened the can, hand mixed the contents and then put on the Mixing Mate for the first time. I used the convenient pour spout to pull out the amount I needed and then put the can away. A couple of days later I pulled the can off the shelf with the Mixing Mate still attached and cranked the handle. When I applied the stain, I found that it was very pale and translucent when I applied it.

The Mixing Mate did not stir up the particles of color from the bottom of the can. I had to hand stir the stain and re apply. Should I assume that Mixing Mate is not suitable for any product that will separate and settle to the bottom of the can?

Thanks to anyone who has time to respond.

Andy

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.


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longgone

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 05:06 AM

I have 2 of the gallon sized mixing mates and have only used them for paint…but they have worked very good. Obviously, paint is much thicker than stain finishes but it did eliminate a lot of mess and waste because of being able to pour out just a tiny amount when needed.

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 05:32 AM

You gotta make sure the rod is pushed all the way down. You can hear and feel it scraping the bottom if it is. You can also remove the handle and chuck in your cordless drill. That really gets it all stirred up quick and does a better job of creating a vortex that stirs up solids in the bottom of the can. I have several of the quart size and several if the gallon size and love them.

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 07:03 AM

I bought two of the quart size when they first came out.

I thought they do work as advertised but I thought it was sort of a hassle to pour the paint in the mixer, use it, put it away, get it back out to use again and if you want to use another color, clean it out, put the left over paint back in the original can.

Just easier to put a paddle on a cordless drill and stir it up and use the original can.

I wouldn’t buy one again…....................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 03:17 PM

RHaynes….great idea. That just might do the trick. The rod IS pushed all the way to the bottom. That was the first thing I checked.

Valid points, RedRyder. I haven’t gone through the clean up phase yet but I can see some problems with that. I have a feeling you are going to be wasting a lot of solvent to get it clean. I guess you could just keep a can of solvent full and re-use it.

Thanks for the feedback everybody.

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#5 posted 12-29-2015 08:51 PM

Beware…

Initially liked the mixer but feel differently now. Bought device last Christmas and mixed 2 different gallons (trim & wall). About 6 mo ago I used the trim can and mixed it with the Mixing Mate. The result was the bottom of the can developed a hairline slit and before I realized it I had walked up 2 flights of stairs leaving a white trail of paint on the rug. I figured the can was defective so I transferred the remaining to a brand new can. Today I went to finish the (replacement) can of trim and mixed it with the Mixing Mate… same result the Mixing Mate must be rubbing enough to remove the cans protective coating so rust can form. Then when you go to mix the can is weakened. I’m going to try and shorten the shaft on the blade to see if that prevents contact with the bottom of the can.

Update:
I’ve inserted a plastic picnic plate cut to fit which prevents the paddles from rubbing the bottom of the can.

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#6 posted 12-30-2015 01:13 AM

You know, it’s been a long time since I made that original post and to this day, I have only used it once. It was one of those things that looked so cool when it came out I had to have it…........now? I think it is great if you do a lot of work with similar finishes but I would not buy it again.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#7 posted 12-31-2015 04:43 AM

I made my own out of a car power window motor and some metal I welded at work to make paddles. Works good but I did spend some time on the mixer playing with different angles using sand and water to observe the process. Spent nothing but time doing it and enjoyed the entire creative process. LOL

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#8 posted 12-31-2015 06:41 AM

I envy “garage engineers” like you.

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#9 posted 12-31-2015 10:07 PM

I use a wooden stirring stick from Lowe’s.

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andy_P

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#10 posted 01-01-2016 12:46 AM

Yep. Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#11 posted 01-01-2016 08:38 AM



I use a wooden stirring stick from Lowe s.

- Knothead62

Yep, it’s hard to beat a free stick and no clean up.

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#12 posted 01-01-2016 08:48 AM

I use a wooden stirring stick from Lowe’s.
- Knothead62

I used to as well, but it gets old pretty fast, particularly on really thick stuff… So I just grabbed some fairly heavy gauge coat hangers and made up some mixers for my drill. One for quarts, and another for gallons:

Cheers,
Brad

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#13 posted 01-01-2016 01:48 PM

All of my local paint stores will shake cans I bring in for free. I do this with all gallons of latex, finishing with Knothead’s free stick right before I use them.

If you don’t have enough endurance to stir a quart of clear finish or stain with a stick, see a doctor. ;^)

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#14 posted 01-01-2016 03:25 PM

Allow me add to my previous post: Several years ago, SWMBO and I put ceramic tile in the den. The stick or piece of scrap wood was hard to stir the mortar. I sent her down to Lowe’s and got a paint mixer. It has a hex shaft and I used it in my cordless drill. Worked wonders with the mortar! I used it a couple of days ago when doing some painting the master bathroom. Just make sure to rinse it off with hot water before the paint dries.
Just checked: Lowe’s no longer carries the one I have but search for “paint mixer” and you will find several that will do the job. They are the Blue Hawk brand.

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#15 posted 02-04-2016 10:19 PM

Here’s an example of what happens to the bottom of a paint can after a year sitting on the shelf. The next time you use the Mixing Mate the can develops slits.


Beware…

Initially liked the mixer but feel differently now. Bought device last Christmas and mixed 2 different gallons (trim & wall). About 6 mo ago I used the trim can and mixed it with the Mixing Mate. The result was the bottom of the can developed a hairline slit and before I realized it I had walked up 2 flights of stairs leaving a white trail of paint on the rug. I figured the can was defective so I transferred the remaining to a brand new can. Today I went to finish the (replacement) can of trim and mixed it with the Mixing Mate… same result the Mixing Mate must be rubbing enough to remove the cans protective coating so rust can form. Then when you go to mix the can is weakened. I m going to try and shorten the shaft on the blade to see if that prevents contact with the bottom of the can.

Update:
I ve inserted a plastic picnic plate cut to fit which prevents the paddles from rubbing the bottom of the can.

- MikeMcK


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