How to Mix PPG Paint

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Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Power drill
  • Mixing paddle with a 20- to 30-inch shaft

PPG is a popular brand of automotive paint manufactured by PPG Industries. If you need to mix PPG paint, you'd better bypass the old wooden stir stick. Unless you want to see streaking due to uneven paint distribution, you will have to take it up a notch. One option is to haul the paint to your local paint or home improvement store and allow them to use specific mixing equipment. Another is to do the mixing yourself. However, before you get started, you need to know the proper tools to use and the best ways to employ them or you may end up creating a considerable mess.

Pour the PPG paint into a 5-gallon bucket. Fill the bucket to half its capacity. Do not over-fill.

Snap the mixing paddle to the power drill.

Lower the mixing paddle into the PPG paint and turn the power drill on its lowest power setting.

Move the paddle up and down in two-inch increments repeatedly to encourage even paint distribution.

Repeat Step 4 for at least six minutes. Turn off the power drill and remove the mixing paddle.


  • Do not remove the mixing paddle from the PPG paint without turning off the power drill first or you will end up spending several hours cleaning paint from surrounding areas.