Mixing Paint On Your Own
More often than not, our painting projects end with a little paint left over. In this case, you have two options: shove it in the basement and hope it doesn’t dry up, or make something out of it. Well, one creative way people today ‘make something out of it’ is by blending it with other colored paints and creating a whole different color.
Mixing paint can be a fun way of passing time and an even more affordable way of brightening your home. And while it might seem daunting, getting that perfect blend really falls down to a few steps.
If you’ve chosen to take this path less traveled, the tips below should help achieve the best results. Let’s take a look.
1. Ensure you perfectly blend the paint
Just as you would a smoothie or milkshake, you want to take your time blending your paint to ensure it’s completely smooth. The aim is to ensure the coverage is even and patch-free. Perhaps the only difference here is that you can’t use the kitchen blender to blend paint.
Instead, you can use a painting attachment connecting to your drill. If you lack one, a stir stick should do the trick. Make sure you stir it thoroughly until you obtain a smooth, uniform color before applying.
2. Sample the paint mix
The same way you’d sample the wine before ordering the big bottle, it is vital that you do a test run on the paint before committing to a larger pour. This will let you know what the paint actually looks like when applied.
For this, start by mixing up a smaller portion and applying it to a board or wall. Once you are satisfied with your results, mix up a larger batch. To yield similar results, the ratios you use when measuring the paints should be directly proportional to those of the sample.
3. Ensure that the paint share a common brand
Most brands tend to use specific formulas to make their paints, and these formulas vary across the board. For this reason, mixing different brands might cause a reaction leading to separated or lumpy paint.
Therefore, to be on the safe side, only mix paints from the same brands.
4. Familiarize yourself with the undertones
Some hues tend to overpower others in a blend. For instance, too much black will make the final color appear murky or muddy. On the same note, red-oriented colors like oranges, purples, and browns tend to create a pink outcome when mixed with white. If you mix them with green-oriented paints, it will likely result in a brown mess.
So unless that is what you are going for, it is best to research all the different undertones out there and see where they fall in the hue-power scale. This way, you can always mix them in their right proportions and get a pleasant outcome.
5. Do not use the blended paint for fresh projects or valuables
By mixing your paint, you automatically void any manufacturer warranty that may come with the original can. This means that you’ll be liable for any unpleasant reactions or damage to your walls.
For this reason, you are advised to only use blended paints on makeovers or minor projects. Unless you have tried and tested the blend, avoid the grander projects like garage floors or expensive art and furniture.
As you’ve seen, mixing paint isn’t all that hard. All you are doing is adding one paint to the other and mixing it up after all. However, to avoid disaster, it is important that you stick to the tips above. Once more, be mindful of your undertones do a thorough blend and a small test run before painting any prized antiques.
Of course, if you are stuck, getting an expert opinion can go miles in providing a solution. And that is exactly is what Painter Bros is here for. For any inquiries or professional painting services, feel free to reach out to us and speak to one of our paint experts.