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Paint Mixing Accessories Buying Guide

Some common industrial paint mixing accessories and consumables to keep your crew productive.

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Name Usage Options Quantity
Jiffy Mixers Jiffy Mixer
  • Unique twin blade head design ensures correct mixing action.
  • Substantially reduces air-entrainment. Stainless steel construction for long life.
  • Ring-bound blades for safe handling.
  • 15″ / 380 mm long, 1/4″ / 6 mm diameter shaft – Suits 1 gal. / 5l. pail
  • 30″ / 760 mm long, 1/4″ / 6 mm diameter shaft – Suits 1 gal. / 5l. pail
  • 20″ / 520 mm long, 3/8″ / 10 mm diameter shaft – Suits 2½ gal / 10l. or 5 gal. / 20 l. pail
Each
Reversible Air Drill Reversible Air Drill
  • Accepts bits up to 1/2″ chuck size. 1/4″ inlet, comes with 2 different style air fittings, recommended air hose size is 3/8″, drill operates at up to 500 RPM, takes approx. 5 CFM at 90 psi, is reversible, and made from cast aluminum.
  • None
Each
Painting Bucket Liners Painting Bucket Liners
  • Suitable for industrial grade paints. Makes cleaning up a breeze. A fraction of the cost of a new bucket.
I

  • 1 gal. liner, 5 gal. liner
Each
5 Gallon Strainer 60 Mesh 5 Gallon Strainer #60
  • Nylon webbed paint strainer for straining coatings prior to spraying. Reduces blockages in equipment – foreign particles are removed prior to entering pump, hoses, guns, etc.
  • None
Pack of 12

  Jiffy Mixers Reversible Air Drill Painting Bucket Liners 5 Gallon Strainer 60 Mesh
Jiffy Mixer Reversible Air Drill Painting Bucket Liners 5 Gallon Strainer #60
Usage
  • Unique twin blade head design ensures correct mixing action.
  • Substantially reduces air-entrainment. Stainless steel construction for long life.
  • Ring-bound blades for safe handling.
  • Accepts bits up to 1/2″ chuck size. 1/4″ inlet, comes with 2 different style air fittings, recommended air hose size is 3/8″, drill operates at up to 500 RPM, takes approx. 5 CFM at 90 psi, is reversible, and made from cast aluminum.
  • Suitable for industrial grade paints. Makes cleaning up a breeze. A fraction of the cost of a new bucket.
  • Nylon webbed paint strainer for straining coatings prior to spraying. Reduces blockages in equipment – foreign particles are removed prior to entering pump, hoses, guns, etc.
Options
  • 15″ / 380 mm long, 1/4″ / 6 mm diameter shaft – Suits 1 gal. / 5l. pail
  • 30″ / 760 mm long, 1/4″ / 6 mm diameter shaft – Suits 1 gal. / 5l. pail
  • 20″ / 520 mm long, 3/8″ / 10 mm diameter shaft – Suits 2½ gal / 10l. or 5 gal. / 20 l. pail
  • None
  • 1 gal. liner, 5 gal. liner
  • None
Quantity Individual Individual Individual Pack of 12

Why use paint mixers?

The Protective Coatings Industry has long moved on from single pack coatings for most protective coatings tasks. Ever increasing performance and durability requirements mean that more and more is demanded of protective coatings. Coatings that dry purely by evaporation (of water or solvent) no longer provide the performance required. What has resulted is the widespread use of plural component materials. At the most basic level, these coatings consist of a base and a catalyst/hardener. The action of adding the catalyst /hardener to the base initiates the chemical reaction the cures/dries the coating. Increasing complexity increases the opportunity for failure. Consequently, the correct selection and use of mixing equipment is vital to a successful outcome in applying protective coatings.

Common issues with paint mixers

Issues when mixing paint can arise from both inadequate equipment and poor mixing methods. Inadequate equipment can include poor design of mixer or underpowered air drill. Poor mixing methods can include not adding catalyst to the base in the correct ratio and incorrect use of the mixer.

Important considerations when choosing the right paint mixer

For the best results when mixing protective coatings, choose a mixer that…

  • Will not draw in air
  • Will ensure blending in of unmixed material from wall and base of the mixing container
  • Will prevent penetration of the wall of the mixing container
  • Will mix the coating thoroughly not just stir it around by its design putting pressure on material being mixed

Another consideration when selecting a paint mixer is the fact that paint is considered an explosive zone, which prohibits the use of electric or battery powered tools i.e., must be air driven.

The drill needs to be a high torque/low revs type. The air powered drills commonly available in most tool shops will be high revs/low torque. This type of drill burns out quickly when mixing heavy industrial coatings and lacks sufficient power to agitate them.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What else can I do to optimize mixing protective coatings?

    • Make sure you get the correct mixing ratio. – Ratio fails are one the most common mishaps in protective coatings applications. Often not apparent till the coating has not cured on the job piece. Always check the data sheet prior to mixing and measure accurately if doing a part pack mix.
    • Do not leave unmixed material on the bottom and sides of the mixing container. – This again can be the cause of an off-ratio mix. Make sure you firmly move your mixer across the bottom of your mixing pail and up the walls. If concerned about penetrating the walls of the container, use a Jiffy mixer. These are designed to ensure that they will not penetrate the container wall.
    • Make sure the mixer is well cleaned after use. – Running the mixer after finished mixing in the recommended solvent used to clean up your selected coating will ensure it stays clean. Not doing so risks the hardened coating being softened by the coating and solvents being mixed next time chips of it coming off. This may cause blockages in the spray system and compromise the quality of the finish.
    • Check the temperature of the coating. – Coating manufacturers recommend storing unmixed coating components within a specific temperature range. Mixing them when they are outside this range will create problems in their mixing, curing and application.
    • Do any components require pre-mixing? – Where the coating has three or more components, two or more of the components may require premixing rather than mixing them all in together at once.
    • Is there a “sweat” time for the coating? – Some have a requirement to sit before application. This called the “sweat” time. This is to give the coating time to start curing before applying. It is called a “sweat” time because the coating often gives heat as it starts to cure. Check the manufacturers data sheet to see if this applies.
    • Make sure the mixing container is secure before starting to mix – Use a drum clamp.
    • Move the mixer in the correct direction – Once you start mixing the coating, a vortex is created. Move the mixer in the opposite direction to the vortex to minimize air entrapment.
    • Do not add solvent to coating prior to mixing the base and catalyst – This will make the coating too thin to mix correctly.

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