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What is a Paint Shaker?

A miniature 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. 

In general, they are valid for any acrylic, lacquer, or enamel. 

How to use a Paint Shaker Machine?

Using a paint shaker machine typically involves the following steps:

1.- Prepare your acrylics: Make sure that they have the correct consistency because sometimes you may need to thin them with an acrylic revitalizer, thinner, or medium.

2.- Use an agitator ball: Thicker consistency liquids, or simply the very old ones, may need a bit extra help during the mixing, so adding an agitator ball could be a great thing to do. Metal balls usually work better for this task.

3.- Secure the dropper/pot cap or lid: Attach the bottle to the mixer. Make sure it is securely fastened since during strong shaking the cap could open and spill the content, staining everything and dirtying your entire work table.

4.- Choose the correct adaptor: some shakers may include different rubber adapters for different types of bottles, you must choose the most suitable for the bottle and capacity you want to shake.

5.- Start the tool: Turn it on and let it run for a few minutes. The length of time will depend on the Hobby Mixer and the type of acrylic that you are using. Some mixers have a timer that can be set to a specific time.

6.- Check the consistency of the liquid: Stop the tool and check to see if it is mixed well. If the mix is not uniform and has lumps, you can shake the pot a little by hand, and then continue again with the machine.

7.- Clean the tool: Once you have finished, turn it off and clean it if needed. This cleaning task should never be needed.

How long to mix on paint shaker?

The duration depends on several factors:

  • Type: Different types have different mixing requirements. 
  • Latex: Typically, 2-5 minutes in a shaker 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 paint shaker available for immediate purchase on the official website.