Stirring, Storing and Thinning Paint for Decorating
Thorough stirring is vital with liquid paints. Paint is made up of a suspension of fine particles in a liquid medium, and these particles tend to settle towards the bottom of the container.
If you have time, stand the can upside down for a day or so before use, to redistribute the particles.
Stir paint with a broad-bladed stirrer, using a circular lifting motion, for even distribution. Stirrers fitted to electric drills should be used at slow speeds.
Jelly paints must not be stirred: they do not settle as other kinds do.
When paint is stored for any length of time after you have removed the can lid, a skin will form on the surface. Cut round this skin with a sharp knife, and try to lift it out in one piece.
Stir well and strain the paint through an old nylon stocking to remove any specks of skin that may have been left behind.
Small quantities of paint left over after a job are best stored in a-top jar. Label the jar with the name and colour of the paint and the room in which you used it — it will come in handy for touching up at a later date.
Balance of the ingredients, and the paint loses its jelly and its covering power.
Check the instructions before using. When the paint is used, some of it usually runs down the side of the can and obscures