Mix, Pour & Store

Who hasn’t struggled to open a crusty paint can with a screwdriver, only to find the contents have solidified? The Mixing Mate’s can mixer and lid combo seals, mixes, and pours, to make painting (and staining or varnishing) a drip-free breeze. The Mixing Mate locks securely onto quart- or gallon-sized cans, creating a seal that prevents the contents from spills and drying out. Crank the handle and the auger-style interior paddle lifts settled pigments from the bottom for a more thorough mix. So, goodbye, wooden paint stirrer. You control pours with the trigger on the handle and, when you’re done, keep the lid on to store the can or rinse it out to use on another one. Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Company is behind the Mixing Mate. They have been family-run for 60 years, and are proud of the decades spent helping DIY-ers and woodworkers. With this handy lid, any job or touch-up is easier and neater.

Rockler

Mixing Mate Paint Can Lid

Mix, Pour & Store

Who hasn’t struggled to open a crusty paint can with a screwdriver, only to find the contents have solidified? The Mixing Mate’s can mixer and lid combo seals, mixes, and pours, to make painting (and staining or varnishing) a drip-free breeze. The Mixing Mate locks securely onto quart- or gallon-sized cans, creating a seal that prevents the contents from spills and drying out. Crank the handle and the auger-style interior paddle lifts settled pigments from the bottom for a more thorough mix. So, goodbye, wooden paint stirrer. You control pours with the trigger on the handle and, when you’re done, keep the lid on to store the can or rinse it out to use on another one. Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Company is behind the Mixing Mate. They have been family-run for 60 years, and are proud of the decades spent helping DIY-ers and woodworkers. With this handy lid, any job or touch-up is easier and neater.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Pam
    Pam

    Hi everyone! My name is Pam and I work for Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. I'm excited to talk about our Mixing Mate Paint Lids. I absolutely love this product and use it often! I would highly recommend the Mixing Mate if you have any painting projects coming up. If you have any questions about it, I will be happy to answer them.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/27/2016 10:01 AM

    Why should anyone painting in their homes have a Mixing Mate with them before they start?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 10:05 AM

    @Mike Hi Mike! There are many benefits to having a mixing mate when you start painting. They eliminate spills down the front of the can along with the mess that comes from a stir stick. You can also store your paint without having to pound the original lid back on.

  • vicki
    vicki
    6/27/2016 10:45 AM

    @Pam I just want to say, I think this Mixing Mate Paint Lid is a fantastic idea, and wish I had had one when I painted my kitchen. Even recently when I painted some plywood with old paint, it took forever to mix it. This would have made the mixing and the pouring a breeze! Great idea...hope it is strong, sturdy and will last a long time. Is there anything "fragile" about it?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:00 AM

    @vicki

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:03 AM

    @vicki Hi Vicki! The Mixing Mate Paint lid is very sturdy. I have not had any issues with mine nor have I heard of anyone else having issues with them breaking.

  • Ronald
    Ronald
    6/27/2016 12:26 PM

    @Pam do you have a 5 gallon version of this.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 1:39 PM

    @Ronald Hi Ronald! At this time we do not have a 5 gallon version available. Sorry.

  • M
    M
    6/27/2016 10:20 AM

    This is one of the most ingenious products I've seen in years! I only wish you had launched it a month ago- I had to paint the whole inside of my whole house !! I will be buying one very soon to have for my next phase of remodeling ! Thank you!

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:07 AM

    @M Thank you! I hope you'll love it as much as I do!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    6/27/2016 10:23 AM

    How easy is it to clean after use? After using it to seal up a can of paint for say 6 months, is the paint dried onto the top parts of the blade and bottom of the lid where the paint level no longer reaches? Do you have any pictures of a used one after being washed? I'm just skeptical that this will come clean. Looks like lots of groves for paint to get stuck in!

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:09 AM

    @Sarah

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:59 AM

    @Sarah Hi Sarah! The Mixing Mate cleans up fairly easy with warm water and an old toothbrush or scrubbing sponge. I've used mine on different cans/colors with no problems. We will see if we can get a picture added of one that has been used and cleaned.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/27/2016 12:10 PM

    Hi Sarah, and everyone else, here is a video showing you how to clean the Mixing Mate.

  • Robin
    Robin
    6/27/2016 1:32 PM

    @Mike Hi Mike & Sarah! I'm a retired painting contractor. What a GREAT idea! Regarding storing leftover paint after the project is finished: the foolproof way to store paint to prevent it's drying out is to seal it air tight and store the can upside down. How long can it be stored successfully? Usually 1 yr is recommended. But smell it for a weird or foul smell. Also, if stored in garage temperature changes can definitely ruin. But if it looks good and smells OK, probably OK for touch-up. Store w/original lid. I wouldn't store w/mixing mate.

    Robin

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/27/2016 6:08 PM

    Thanks very much for the insight, feedback, and kind words, Robin!

  • Frank
    Frank
    6/27/2016 10:32 AM

    One downside that I can think of is that you can no longer stack all of the cans of leftover paint. So instead of being in one corner of the basement they will have to be moved to the prime shelf space. Any plans to deal with that like a cover that lets you still stack paint cans?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:15 AM

    @Frank Hi Frank! Unfortunately, the paint lids cannot be stacked at this time, however, I will pass along your suggestion to add a cover that will make them stack-able.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    6/27/2016 10:32 AM

    how do you clean this once you are done with that can? and how easy is it to remove if you store the can with it?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:19 AM

    @Kimberly Hi Kimberly! You can clean the Mixing Mate by running it under warm water. You can use an old toothbrush or scrubbing sponge to remove any build up. You can remove the auger, and spout as well.

  • Tony
    Tony
    6/27/2016 10:38 AM

    This looks like it would be hard to clean. Only mention of cleaning was to rinse. That wouldn't work well with oil based paints and varnishes. I'm getting ready to paint inside house and this looks great but don't want to spend as much time cleaning my tool as I am painting.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:23 AM

    @Tony Hi Tony! You can clean the Mixing Mate by running it under warm water. You can use an old toothbrush or scrubbing sponge to remove any build up. The auger and spout can be removed for cleaning as well. In my experience, the lid cleaned up easily and quickly.

  • Karen
    Karen
    6/27/2016 12:18 PM

    @Pam I think Tony's question was more about oil based paints and stains than water based. Would you have to soak it in turpentine or another solvent, and would that still clean up as easily? I loved the suggestion of still being able to stack the cans, how about a removable crank handle that can be put on only when needed? Just a suggestion.

  • Gman
    Gman
    6/27/2016 12:35 PM

    @Pam - I am very interested but share Tony's question about cleaning after use with oil based paints and varnishes.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:46 PM

    @Gman @Karen If needed, you can use an appropriate solvent to clean the Mixing Mate. It is suggested that you partially fill a container with the solvent and attach the Mixing Mate. Stir and/or shake to rinse off the paint or finish, remove and dry. Hope this answers your questions!

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:47 PM

    @Karen I will pass along your suggestion about the removable crank handle as well!

  • Susan
    Susan
    6/27/2016 10:41 AM

    I think this is a terric idea. But can I remove it and rinse it off and put the regular paint lid back on and then use it on another one at a different time?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:24 AM

    @Susan Hi Susan! Yes, you can remove the Mixing Mate, wash it off, and use it on another can. I have used mine on several different cans/colors with no problems.

  • Pat
    Pat
    6/27/2016 10:47 AM

    Looks cool - I'm assuming the spout isn't air tight as the lid appears to be, so what is the shelf life of any given type of paint? If I'm not likely to be using the paint within ?? weeks then I should replace with original lid? In terms of clean up, is it safe to use whatever the paint/stain requires? Thanks

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:01 PM

    @Pat Hi Pat! The Mixing Mate can be used to store paint for up to a year. Most paint comes off with warm water and a scrubbing sponge or old toothbrush. You can use a solvent if needed.

  • Lia
    Lia
    6/27/2016 10:58 AM

    Can you remove it and clean it to use on another paint color? How much disassembly is required to clean?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:29 AM

    @Lia Hi Lia! Yes, you can remove the Mixing Mate, wash it off, and use it on another can. You can clean it without disassembling it, however, you can remove the auger and the spout if needed. Warm water and a scrubbing sponge or old toothbrush work well to remove the paint.

  • Christine
    Christine
    6/27/2016 11:52 AM

    This is something I've always wanted! So glad you guys came up with this design.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:02 PM

    @Christine Thanks Christine!

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    6/27/2016 12:12 PM

    Looks like a great product. The videos on your website were very helpful to see how it works in action and how the clean/disassemble the product. Thank you for sharing such a great product. I will keep in mind for my next project.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:22 PM

    @Stephen Thanks for checking it out!

  • Robert
    Robert
    6/27/2016 12:23 PM

    I like the product, but is it designed to work with a specific type of paint can? I ask, because I have pouring snap on lids that do not fit some current can types out there. They'll work with the metal cans, but not the plastic 1 gallon cans.

    Has this been tested on metal and plastic 1 gallon cans?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 1:48 PM

    @Robert Hi Robert! The Mixing Mate will work on any standard quart or gallon paint can with a metal rim.

  • Shelley
    Shelley
    6/27/2016 1:20 PM

    A paint stick costs nothing -- paint stores usually give them away for FREE as advertising. Unless you're a professional painter, I'd guess the average painter uses about 2 gallons of paint every 10 years or so to repaint a favorite room.

    Your paint can lids are nice engineering exercises, but not very practical.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 1:44 PM

    @Shelley Hi Shelley! Thank you for your feedback. The added benefits of the Mixing Mate are you can use the lid to pour and store the paint as well as stir it. If you don't paint often though, it may not be practical for you.

  • MaryAnn
    MaryAnn
    6/27/2016 1:24 PM

    Can I purchase these at The Rockler Woodcrafting Tools here in Phoenix, AZ?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 1:33 PM

    @MaryAnn Hi MaryAnn! Yes, our Rockler retail store in Phoenix carries the Mixing Mates!

  • Michael
    Michael
    6/27/2016 1:59 PM

    The product looks great. I'm wondering what the white seal is made of. Can you tell me? Also, are replacement seals available?

    Thanks.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 2:15 PM

    @Michael Hi Michael! The seal is a thin poly foam gasket to prevent erosion. Replacement seals are not available at this time.

  • Dell
    Dell
    6/27/2016 2:41 PM

    How would I know if the paint is mix very well? I have gallon of paints since 2009, never did open it. Is it still good?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 2:50 PM

    @Dell Hi Dell! The life of your paint will depend on the type of paint and how it was stored. You may have to do a little research to verify the shelf life of the paint you have. As far as mixing the paint goes, in general it should only take a few seconds of cranking the paddle to fully mix the paint. If you are worried about your older paint, I would suggest stirring a little longer (a minute or 2).

  • Pam
    Pam
    6/27/2016 5:49 PM

    will this work on the gallon containers that are plastic? ie "Dutch Boy"?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 6:15 PM

    @Pam Hi Pam! The Mixing Mate will work on any standard quart or gallon paint can with a metal rim.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Rockler

Mixing Mate Paint Can Lid

Mix, Pour & Store

Who hasn’t struggled to open a crusty paint can with a screwdriver, only to find the contents have solidified? The Mixing Mate’s can mixer and lid combo seals, mixes, and pours, to make painting (and staining or varnishing) a drip-free breeze.

The Mixing Mate locks securely onto quart- or gallon-sized cans, creating a seal that
prevents the contents from spills and drying out. Crank the handle and the auger-style interior paddle lifts settled pigments from the bottom for a more thorough mix. So, goodbye, wooden paint stirrer.

You control pours with the trigger on the handle and, when you’re done, keep the lid on to store the can or rinse it out to use on another one.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Company is behind the Mixing Mate. They have been family-run for 60 years, and are proud of the decades spent helping DIY-ers and woodworkers. With this handy lid, any job or touch-up is easier and neater.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Pam
    Pam

    Hi everyone! My name is Pam and I work for Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. I'm excited to talk about our Mixing Mate Paint Lids. I absolutely love this product and use it often! I would highly recommend the Mixing Mate if you have any painting projects coming up. If you have any questions about it, I will be happy to answer them.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/27/2016 10:01 AM

    Why should anyone painting in their homes have a Mixing Mate with them before they start?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 10:05 AM

    @Mike Hi Mike! There are many benefits to having a mixing mate when you start painting. They eliminate spills down the front of the can along with the mess that comes from a stir stick. You can also store your paint without having to pound the original lid back on.

  • vicki
    vicki
    6/27/2016 10:45 AM

    @Pam I just want to say, I think this Mixing Mate Paint Lid is a fantastic idea, and wish I had had one when I painted my kitchen. Even recently when I painted some plywood with old paint, it took forever to mix it. This would have made the mixing and the pouring a breeze! Great idea...hope it is strong, sturdy and will last a long time. Is there anything "fragile" about it?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:00 AM

    @vicki

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:03 AM

    @vicki Hi Vicki! The Mixing Mate Paint lid is very sturdy. I have not had any issues with mine nor have I heard of anyone else having issues with them breaking.

  • Ronald
    Ronald
    6/27/2016 12:26 PM

    @Pam do you have a 5 gallon version of this.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 1:39 PM

    @Ronald Hi Ronald! At this time we do not have a 5 gallon version available. Sorry.

  • M
    M
    6/27/2016 10:20 AM

    This is one of the most ingenious products I've seen in years! I only wish you had launched it a month ago- I had to paint the whole inside of my whole house !! I will be buying one very soon to have for my next phase of remodeling ! Thank you!

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:07 AM

    @M Thank you! I hope you'll love it as much as I do!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    6/27/2016 10:23 AM

    How easy is it to clean after use? After using it to seal up a can of paint for say 6 months, is the paint dried onto the top parts of the blade and bottom of the lid where the paint level no longer reaches? Do you have any pictures of a used one after being washed? I'm just skeptical that this will come clean. Looks like lots of groves for paint to get stuck in!

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:09 AM

    @Sarah

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:59 AM

    @Sarah Hi Sarah! The Mixing Mate cleans up fairly easy with warm water and an old toothbrush or scrubbing sponge. I've used mine on different cans/colors with no problems. We will see if we can get a picture added of one that has been used and cleaned.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/27/2016 12:10 PM

    Hi Sarah, and everyone else, here is a video showing you how to clean the Mixing Mate.

  • Robin
    Robin
    6/27/2016 1:32 PM

    @Mike Hi Mike & Sarah! I'm a retired painting contractor. What a GREAT idea! Regarding storing leftover paint after the project is finished: the foolproof way to store paint to prevent it's drying out is to seal it air tight and store the can upside down. How long can it be stored successfully? Usually 1 yr is recommended. But smell it for a weird or foul smell. Also, if stored in garage temperature changes can definitely ruin. But if it looks good and smells OK, probably OK for touch-up. Store w/original lid. I wouldn't store w/mixing mate.

    Robin

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/27/2016 6:08 PM

    Thanks very much for the insight, feedback, and kind words, Robin!

  • Frank
    Frank
    6/27/2016 10:32 AM

    One downside that I can think of is that you can no longer stack all of the cans of leftover paint. So instead of being in one corner of the basement they will have to be moved to the prime shelf space. Any plans to deal with that like a cover that lets you still stack paint cans?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:15 AM

    @Frank Hi Frank! Unfortunately, the paint lids cannot be stacked at this time, however, I will pass along your suggestion to add a cover that will make them stack-able.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    6/27/2016 10:32 AM

    how do you clean this once you are done with that can? and how easy is it to remove if you store the can with it?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:19 AM

    @Kimberly Hi Kimberly! You can clean the Mixing Mate by running it under warm water. You can use an old toothbrush or scrubbing sponge to remove any build up. You can remove the auger, and spout as well.

  • Tony
    Tony
    6/27/2016 10:38 AM

    This looks like it would be hard to clean. Only mention of cleaning was to rinse. That wouldn't work well with oil based paints and varnishes. I'm getting ready to paint inside house and this looks great but don't want to spend as much time cleaning my tool as I am painting.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:23 AM

    @Tony Hi Tony! You can clean the Mixing Mate by running it under warm water. You can use an old toothbrush or scrubbing sponge to remove any build up. The auger and spout can be removed for cleaning as well. In my experience, the lid cleaned up easily and quickly.

  • Karen
    Karen
    6/27/2016 12:18 PM

    @Pam I think Tony's question was more about oil based paints and stains than water based. Would you have to soak it in turpentine or another solvent, and would that still clean up as easily? I loved the suggestion of still being able to stack the cans, how about a removable crank handle that can be put on only when needed? Just a suggestion.

  • Gman
    Gman
    6/27/2016 12:35 PM

    @Pam - I am very interested but share Tony's question about cleaning after use with oil based paints and varnishes.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:46 PM

    @Gman @Karen If needed, you can use an appropriate solvent to clean the Mixing Mate. It is suggested that you partially fill a container with the solvent and attach the Mixing Mate. Stir and/or shake to rinse off the paint or finish, remove and dry. Hope this answers your questions!

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:47 PM

    @Karen I will pass along your suggestion about the removable crank handle as well!

  • Susan
    Susan
    6/27/2016 10:41 AM

    I think this is a terric idea. But can I remove it and rinse it off and put the regular paint lid back on and then use it on another one at a different time?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:24 AM

    @Susan Hi Susan! Yes, you can remove the Mixing Mate, wash it off, and use it on another can. I have used mine on several different cans/colors with no problems.

  • Pat
    Pat
    6/27/2016 10:47 AM

    Looks cool - I'm assuming the spout isn't air tight as the lid appears to be, so what is the shelf life of any given type of paint? If I'm not likely to be using the paint within ?? weeks then I should replace with original lid? In terms of clean up, is it safe to use whatever the paint/stain requires? Thanks

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:01 PM

    @Pat Hi Pat! The Mixing Mate can be used to store paint for up to a year. Most paint comes off with warm water and a scrubbing sponge or old toothbrush. You can use a solvent if needed.

  • Lia
    Lia
    6/27/2016 10:58 AM

    Can you remove it and clean it to use on another paint color? How much disassembly is required to clean?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 11:29 AM

    @Lia Hi Lia! Yes, you can remove the Mixing Mate, wash it off, and use it on another can. You can clean it without disassembling it, however, you can remove the auger and the spout if needed. Warm water and a scrubbing sponge or old toothbrush work well to remove the paint.

  • Christine
    Christine
    6/27/2016 11:52 AM

    This is something I've always wanted! So glad you guys came up with this design.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:02 PM

    @Christine Thanks Christine!

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    6/27/2016 12:12 PM

    Looks like a great product. The videos on your website were very helpful to see how it works in action and how the clean/disassemble the product. Thank you for sharing such a great product. I will keep in mind for my next project.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 12:22 PM

    @Stephen Thanks for checking it out!

  • Robert
    Robert
    6/27/2016 12:23 PM

    I like the product, but is it designed to work with a specific type of paint can? I ask, because I have pouring snap on lids that do not fit some current can types out there. They'll work with the metal cans, but not the plastic 1 gallon cans.

    Has this been tested on metal and plastic 1 gallon cans?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 1:48 PM

    @Robert Hi Robert! The Mixing Mate will work on any standard quart or gallon paint can with a metal rim.

  • Shelley
    Shelley
    6/27/2016 1:20 PM

    A paint stick costs nothing -- paint stores usually give them away for FREE as advertising. Unless you're a professional painter, I'd guess the average painter uses about 2 gallons of paint every 10 years or so to repaint a favorite room.

    Your paint can lids are nice engineering exercises, but not very practical.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 1:44 PM

    @Shelley Hi Shelley! Thank you for your feedback. The added benefits of the Mixing Mate are you can use the lid to pour and store the paint as well as stir it. If you don't paint often though, it may not be practical for you.

  • MaryAnn
    MaryAnn
    6/27/2016 1:24 PM

    Can I purchase these at The Rockler Woodcrafting Tools here in Phoenix, AZ?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 1:33 PM

    @MaryAnn Hi MaryAnn! Yes, our Rockler retail store in Phoenix carries the Mixing Mates!

  • Michael
    Michael
    6/27/2016 1:59 PM

    The product looks great. I'm wondering what the white seal is made of. Can you tell me? Also, are replacement seals available?

    Thanks.

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 2:15 PM

    @Michael Hi Michael! The seal is a thin poly foam gasket to prevent erosion. Replacement seals are not available at this time.

  • Dell
    Dell
    6/27/2016 2:41 PM

    How would I know if the paint is mix very well? I have gallon of paints since 2009, never did open it. Is it still good?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 2:50 PM

    @Dell Hi Dell! The life of your paint will depend on the type of paint and how it was stored. You may have to do a little research to verify the shelf life of the paint you have. As far as mixing the paint goes, in general it should only take a few seconds of cranking the paddle to fully mix the paint. If you are worried about your older paint, I would suggest stirring a little longer (a minute or 2).

  • Pam
    Pam
    6/27/2016 5:49 PM

    will this work on the gallon containers that are plastic? ie "Dutch Boy"?

  • Pam
    Pam – Special Guest
    6/27/2016 6:15 PM

    @Pam Hi Pam! The Mixing Mate will work on any standard quart or gallon paint can with a metal rim.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.