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What is a Paint Shaker?

A paint shaker is a tool used to mix and agitate the pots or droppers to ensure that the content inside is properly mixed and homogenous. This can be important during the mixing for ensuring consistent quality as well as a proper mix, so they will apply evenly when used.

Hobby mixers come in various designs and can be used for different types and sizes compatible with different manufacturers and bottle capacities. Some are manually operated with batteries, while others are powered by electricity or even air pressure.

Despite its small size, the Green Stuff World handheld paint shaker will mix any paints (latex, oil-based, lacquer, nail polish,  acrylic …) thoroughly by rotating the bottle or container around an axis at a high speed. The rapid motion creates a centrifugal force ensuring that all of the ingredients are well-mixed and properly blended, resulting in consistent color evenly distributed. 

Overall, using a hobby paint shaker is an effective way to ensure that your colors are well-mixed and ready for use, resulting in a smoother finish and better overall appearance. 

How to use a Hobby paint mixer

A Hobby paint mixer is a machine that ensures that the pigments are evenly distributed without effort. Here are the steps to use it:

  1. Choose the right adaptor for your bottle size: The rotational machine has different adapters that allow them to accommodate various sizes. Choose the adapter that fits your bottle snugly.
  2. Prepare the bottle to mix: Ensure the bottle is tightly closed to prevent any spillage or leakage. 
  3. Place the bottle in the adapter: Place the adapter in the machine, ensuring that it is balanced and centered. The lid should be facing upwards.
  4. Set the speed: Turn on the machine and set the speed among 3. The duration of the shaking process varies depending on the type, amount, and state of sedimentation.
  5. Change the line of rotation: Changing direction while the machine is running by changing the holding force of your hand in order to alter the spinning circle, even trying to make slight oscillating movements to favor the change of direction of the liquid while rotating. 
  6. Turn off the machine: Normally 1 minute should be enough. Turn off the machine and remove the bottle from the rubber adapter.
  7. Check the consistency: Inspect the liquid to ensure that it has been thoroughly mixed. Check for any lumps, clumps, or inconsistencies.
  8. Use it!: Once you are satisfied with the consistency and grade of mixing, it is now ready to use, so pour it into your wet palette and enjoy!

How long to mix on paint shaker machine?

The duration depends on several factors:

  • Type: Different types have different mixing requirements. 
  • Latex: Typically, 2-5 minutes is sufficient.
  • Oil-based: Might need a bit longer, perhaps 5-7 minutes.
  • Clear finishes, mediums, or varnishes: These might only require 1-3 minutes.
  • Old colors: Older ones that have sat for a long time and have started to separate might require longer mixing. Some older colors may have settled heavily at the bottom, and it can take a little longer to get everything recombined properly.
  • Capacity of the Bottle: A 17ml can typically mix faster than a 60ml bottle.
  • Shaker's Efficiency: Different manufacturers and methods may have different mixing capabilities. Some may mix more effectively and faster than others.
  • Initial Consistency: If the color is too thick or if it has been frozen and thawed, it might take longer to mix to the proper consistency.

Lastly, remember to always secure the lid of the bottles tightly before starting, and always check the colors for consistency and color uniformity before using them. 

Differences between a Hobby paint mixer and a Hobby paint vortex

A shaker and a vortex are both tools used for mixing, but they work in slightly different ways.

They typically use a mechanical motion, such as oscillation or rotation, to agitate the bottles. This can be done manually, battery, or with the use of an electric or air-powered motor. The goal of an agitator tool is to ensure that the liquid is mixed well and that any pigments or other particles are evenly distributed.

On the other hand, a hobby vortex mixer uses a vortex or whirlpool motion for mixing. This is typically done by the motor of the hobby vortex that spins a shaft with a propeller or impeller on the end, which creates a vortex in the liquids. The vortex motion helps to suspend any particles or pigments, ensuring that they are evenly mixed.

In summary, the best option will be the one that can perform the function of mixing at a lower cost, and that occupies the least space on your work table. For this reason, the hands-down winner would be the Green Stuff World rotational paints shaker machine available for immediate purchase on the official website.

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