Mixing Old Paint in a Tote Bag
Mixing Mixing 2 year old paint is an essential part of painting, and the process varies depending on the type of paint used for what purpose. A portrait or scenery painter may prefer delicate hues and subtle gradations, while a house painter will want to ensure durability of their product for long-term use. Highway and roadway paints must meet demanding DOT requirements for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), dry times and durability, and even formulations intended for different regional temperature conditions can vary considerably. Regardless of the paint, a thorough mixing is required prior to application for the best results and product consistency.
Painting a tote bag is a fun way to show off your artistic style, and the perfect canvas for a variety of design and color schemes. Start by deciding what you want to paint, whether it’s your favorite quote, a pretty pattern or a colorful illustration. Then, gather your supplies — a tote bag, an easel and a set of brushes. It’s also helpful to have a drop cloth or newspaper nearby to protect your work surface.
Craft paints and acrylics are ideal for tote bags, as they are durable enough to withstand repeated use and washing. For this project, we chose a few colors of acrylics mixed with Textile Painting Medium to make the paint more fabric friendly. This makes the paint less stiff and more spreadable on fabric and allows for a much wider range of colors than just regular acrylics.
We started with the lightest color of yellow and painted the first square. Then, I began to fill in the other colors, adding more and more paint as needed. Once the entire tote was covered, I added more details with my brush. Once the bag was completely dry, I sealed it with a clear sealant to help protect it from wear and tear. The finished product is a tote that is both fashionable and functional, and I can’t wait to use it.
IBC totes are a common container for paint distribution on truck trailers, but the cubic form of these containers can create low-flow areas during mixing and limit the size of mixer that can be employed. EvenMix offers a variety of tote agitators, with models for all sizes of IBC totes and drums. The BGTC series gear-drive IBC bracket-mount mixer has a USDA approved stainless steel motor and can be used for mixing traffic paints, marking paints, epoxies, varnishes and more. Pulsair also has a tote tank agitator, which uses an efficient air-mixing process to blend and suspend settled liquids in minutes at any tote liquid level. This system can be used with open or closed drums and attaches to the top of IBC totes or through standard 2-inch bung openings. These tote agitators are available in electric or air-powered models, as well as in various shaft, impeller and control options. To learn more about how to select the right tote mixer for your product, consult with an experienced EvenMix representative.