Originally Posted by Jesse7
I thought I had everything all good to go. Then I red a post about mixing the paint with a squirrel cage. I only have one of these in the attachment.
Will that do the job good enough? I checked everywhere and we can't get those cage mixers anywhere in NZ. I could take the cans to my local paint shop and they can shake them up.
That kind of mixing tool is called a "Whip" and is designed for mixing heavier bodied paints. It will work for Silver Fire but throughly mixing everything will take a lot longer....because with that type of tool, you need to run it at a pretty high speed. That is something you realy do not want to do with Silver Fire as doing such will introduce a lot of Air Bubbles.
The most important aspect in all the mixing is getting the water content thoroughly blended. You have two options here...and perhaps a mixture of both would be best.
- First mix the Viscosity Mix
- Dilute the desired Colorant amount with a equal amount of the Viscosity Mix. Set aside.
- Take 1/4 of the Viscosity mix and add it to the Dulux in a small enough container that your Mixing tool can displace and stir the mixture well. Run the Mixing tool at a medium speed.
- Take the rest of the Viscosity Mix and add each of the Reflective components...one at a time, pouring them slowly and directly down into to center area of the mixing tool's impellers. Run the Mixing tool at a medium speed. Then add the diluted Colorant mix.
- Add the Viscosity / Dulux mix into the Viscosity / Reflective, mixing it in the same manner. Mix the 'ell out of it at medium speed for as long as is reasonable.
- Strain the paint into a clean can to remove excess Bubbles and any solids (clumps , dirt, debris)
If you have the mixed paint it a can / container that can be tightly sealed, keep the lid on it and during the painting process, every couple coats or so, between reloading the paint Gun, repeatedly pick it up and swish / shake it up for 30 seconds at a time to keep it well bended.
Shopping around usually can locate at least a few variations....but on "The Island of Middle Earth" I realize that selection is limited, and importing time consuming if not expensive.
By the way Jessie7
, that Tent will do well to prevent a lot of sprayed dust from getting out, but that open top will still let enough out that you should still cover any furniture you don't want to have to wipe down to remove such dust.