Tips for Mixing Paints for an Even Application

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As one of the leading paint manufacturers in the UK, we know a thing or two about mixing paints. Whether this is your first foray into working with industrial paints or you’re looking for more detailed information on mixing paints with thinners, our in-depth guide covers all aspects of how to mix paint for an even application. 

Why do You Need to Mix Paint Before Use?

Paints contain a mixture of solid and liquid components, so mixing paints ensures they combine together for the right colour and consistency for application. While we do everything we can to mix and shake paints thoroughly during manufacturing, components do separate over time. The longer your paint is left, the more you’ll need to mix it before use. 

At TA Paints, we offer an extensive colour chart to ensure you find precisely the right shade for the task at hand. If you don’t mix your paints properly, you may find the colour is different than expected, or it doesn’t dry evenly on the substrate. Mixing paints is an important part of the whole painting process, so follow our tips for the best results. 

How to Mix Paint

Industrial shakers are the best way to mix your paints, but not everyone has one available. Let’s look at effective methods you can do yourself.

Single Pack Paints

Single pack paints have everything you need in one tin, so you can simply stir and begin. However, using the right stirrer is vital. A garden cane, knife or other thin, short stick isn’t sufficient. They don’t have the necessary surface area to agitate paint effectively.

In that case, how do you mix paint before use? Use a suitable paint stirrer that reaches the bottom of the tin to combine the solvent and the solid elements of the paint. Something shaped like a cricket bat yields the best results. Alternatively, opt for a paddle mixer on a slow-running drill and mix the paint for 5 minutes until the paint has a smooth consistency and even colour. 

Leave the paint to rest for a minute and repeat the process again. 

Two Pack Paints

Two pack paints, such as our epoxy garage floor paint, contain a base and an activator, also known as a catalyst. They come in separate containers, as a chemical reaction starts when you mix them. This reaction is a crucial part of the curing process, so don’t start mixing paints until you’re ready to use them.


The exact details of how to mix paint can be found on the product's instructions, so always read the details first. As a general rule, the components are supplied in the correct ratios for mixing. Follow these steps for the best results:

  1. Stir the base component following the above single pack paint technique
  2. Pour the activator into the same pot as the base, ensuring a steady pour with continuous mixing
  3. Mix with a paddle or drill attachment for the specified time, usually around 10 minutes

If you fail to mix two pack paints properly, you could experience patchy drying or, even worse, the paint won’t dry at all. 

Man mixing paints with a shaker

Mixing Paint With Thinners

At TA Paints, we sometimes recommend mixing paints with thinners to use as a sealant/primer, such as with our concrete floor paint. This is for certain circumstances only, and not a general rule for all paints. 


Where applicable, we will always advise you of suitable thinners and the required ratios. Mixing the paint and thinner at room temperature is advisable for accurate results. 

Why do Painters add Water to Paint?

When using water-based paints, painters add a small amount of water to their paint for the following reasons: 

  • Change the consistency to make application easier
  • Increase coverage
  • Cut costs 

At TA Paints, we strongly advise against mixing paints with water. Our paints are industrial based and require the correct type of solvent for the product being used. Our products are all formulated, manufactured and tested in Britain for optimum results. Changing the ratios could lead to subpar results.


How to Mix Paint with TA Paints

We’re committed to providing industry-leading paints and our highly-skilled staff are on hand to help with any of your paint mixing needs. Whether you want to know the best thinner or are looking for advice on paint accessories, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Contact us today for help with trade or domestic paints.