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Stirring Paint Without Making A Mess

After stirring paint using my drill and thus making a big mess outside on both the sidewalk and grass, I figured out how to stir paint without making a huge mess.
Step 1. Find a paint can lid.
Step 2. Use a 5/16" metal drill bit to drill a hole in the center of the paint can lid. I used a drill press as it gave me the leverage I needed.
Step 3. After drilling the hole, you're left with a metal burr. I used a sharpening block to sand the burr down but sand paper will work as well. Be careful as the burr is sharp and in fact, may cut through the sandpaper if applied by hand so you might want to use a sanding block instead.
Step 4. Place stirring stick through the hole to make sure it fits snugly. You don't want it to be too loose as paint will come through the hole and make a mess, which is what we are trying to avoid.
Now you should be able to place the stirring stick through the hole and place inside the paint can. Slide the lid down the stirrer and hammer onto the paint can to be stirred. I tested this out by placing my drill to high speed setting and although a little paint did come through the space between the stir stick and the hole, it didn't splash around and was easily wiped off. Of course, you don't need to use high speed to stir paint.

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  • 3popps
    on Jul 18, 2012

    Very creative. Thanks for the tip.

  • Home Repair Tutor
    Home Repair Tutor Pittsburgh, PA
    on Jul 18, 2012

    Great tips Jeff, stirring paint is vital to a good paint job.

  • Kimberlee
    Kimberlee Villa Rica, GA
    on Jul 18, 2012

    Fantastic idea!! I love tips that make every day chores so much easier!

  • Gene
    Gene Lawrenceville, GA
    on Jul 19, 2012

    Good idea! Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Gloria Damron
    Gloria Damron Sebring, OH
    on Jul 19, 2012

    I use the attachment for a drill that is made to stir paint. I put the can down in a paper grocery sack that is standing on the floor, insert the drill attachment and stir away! Any splashes goes on the inside of the paper sack! Actually there are very few splashes.

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