There have been more than a few occasions where the house paint you ordered seemed to be different from what you intended. This seems very confusing, especially when the house paint seemed to look right for your house when it was in the shop. So what happened?
Quite often the paint has simply settled in the container. This means the base paint (usually plain white) and the various tints have separated. If we try to use this paint we can end up with all types of random colours, which is not what we want.
So do we shake or stir the tin of paint?
The answer is both. In the store where the paint is bought, there is a machine that shakes the paint while the container is sealed. This is effective for mixing the base paint and tint. But by the time we take the paint home for painting, and perhaps wait a day or two, the paint will have settled out again. So we need to stir the paint just before we use it.
Paint will settle and separate if it is stored for more than a week. The situation is worse when the temperature is low.
If you take the paint back to the store you bought it from they are usually willing to put it back in the machine to have it re-stirred. This is a considerable help. Consider this right before you start painting and if it has been more than a week since the paint was bought. But you should stir the paint as well. Stir paint for at least five minutes before using.
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