The time has come to bring you our new updated Hot Pot Web Site. We have had the same site since 2010 and now its time to freshen things up a little and bring you a new layout and style. We hope you enjoy the new look and feel and we hope you will join us in taking part in content that we write.
You can visit us on Social Media via Twitter and Facebook and you can post comments directly into our new site pages too. We truly love your input and hope to bring you the content you want and need going forward.
Thank you for your continued support, to read our new site,
We have a wide range of gloss enamel in store from Dulux to Excelsior Paints. Just like this QD Gloss Enamel, currently at just R260 for 5L. Let us help with your next paint project with advice in store or on the phone, call us on 016 428 5525/1113, we are happy to help.
We hope to bring you the new launched web site by the latest March 2016. Still clearing up a couple of final touches and then the new site will go live. We will have some great news for you with the new site as well as a more consistent brand logo and colour scheme across all our online displays from Twitter and YouTube to Facebook and the web site blog.
If there is anything specific you would love to see on our new web site, then please let us know, we always truly appreciate feedback and want to give you a good experience when visiting our store, web site and social media pages.
Thank you for your continued support all these years, and if you are new to us, welcome to you too 🙂 We thank you for dropping by our web site.
Be sure to look out for updates on Facebook and Twitter on our site launch, and be on the look out for some special deals too 😉
Thank you for your Support in 2015. We truly appreciate you and your custom and will continue to strive for great service and value for money in store. Look out in 2016 for some specials running via our site and our Facebook Page. Follow us to keep up to date with announcements and have an amazing year ahead.
The floor of your garage is exposed to intense corrosion and deterioration due to road salt, oils and other auto fluids.
Sealing your garage floor reduces dust and makes cleaning and sweeping easier. A clear acrylic concrete sealer protects the concrete from damage and stains. Also the same sealers can be used on concrete walks and driveways or as a primer under acrylic or polyurethane floor paints. You should take care when and where you apply a sealer because they cannot be applied over paint or other coatings.
In order to do the sealing yourself you need several materials and tools: protective clothing, neoprene rubber gloves, goggles, a stiff brush and a bucket, a paintbrush, a cartridge-style respirator with organic-vapor and small-particle filters, paint roller with extension handle and tray, medium nap roller cover, a concrete degreaser and of course some concrete sealer. Usually ½ gallon of sealer is used for approximately 100 square feet.
Before sealing you have to clean the floor because it has to be free of dirt, grease and oil. To do this you should use a stiff scrub brush to apply the cleaner and concrete degreaser according to the instructions. Allow the solution to lay on the floor for 15 to 20 minutes more for stubborn stains after scrubbing. After his you should rinse thoroughly with clear water.
You may need several applications. Many concrete sealers contain hazardous chemicals that may be harmful to skin and eyes and the vapors are not safe to breathe but the vast majority are acrylic. The best way to avoid damages to your skin, eyes and lungs is to wear the protective equipment made of neoprene rubber gloves, goggles and a respirator with both organic-vapor and solid-particle filter cartridges. During the process of sealing the floor you should continuously ventilate the garage by opening all doors and windows and also using a fan would be a great idea.
After cleaning and drying the concrete, the sealer has to be applied. The sealer should be tested in an inconspicuous area before applying. Some uneven density in the concrete may result in light/dark appearance that may be objectionable. By using the medium-nap paint roller with extension handle is the easiest way to apply the sealer.
Start in a rear corner continuing to work your way out of the garage. Before doing anything else you should allow the sealer to dry as indicated on the sealer bottle, usually for a few hours. For a driveway the procedure is essentially the same but it would be quicker to use a garden sprayer to apply the sealer to a large driveway. You should act with caution not to over spray on other material due to the high risk of staining.
As a general rule, teens want themselves to be different from the others and therefore you should have some exquisite teen bedroom painting ideas to convince them. Teens are very different from the normal kids in the sense that it is extremely difficult to please them. So, you should put serious thinking into it before you set out with your bedroom painting ideas.
There are in fact a huge variety of options available on the market, that you often find yourselves confused as to which to select. So, it is essential to narrow down your research to some bedroom ideas that will suit the taste of your teen. A bedroom is basically a person’s private room. Therefore, it becomes essential that the bedroom is a place where you can spend time when you are happy as well as sad.
It would definitely help to conduct a small research on the internet. One can find a large variety of bedroom paining ideas that people have used to color their teen’s bedroom. This will definitely throw some light on the bedroom painting that will be best for your teen. You will realize that selecting the best bedroom idea for your teen can be an interesting task. The painting idea should reflect your teen’s taste and personality.
It would be better if you sit along with your teen and plan the bedroom painting together. It would make your teen feel good that you are seeking their opinion to form a decision. Moreover, it is they who best know what their bedroom should look like. One should select a theme which will impart a sense of intimacy and serenity.
Bedroom scheme selection of boys often differs from that of girls. It is difficult to generalize the preferences of teens. Different people have different personalities and hence different liking to various painting ideas. Girls generally like to decorate their bedroom colorfully, whereas boys like to have some mural painting work done on their wall. Teen girls like to have wallpapers on their bedroom wall. They can be the posters of a landscape, film stars, pop stars, role models or anything that they like. They tend to have more liking towards fairy colors such as lavender, pink and light blue.
Basically, it is all about personalizing the room to reflect your teen’s taste and personality. It certainly pays to do a small research on various teen bedroom painting ideas before setting out to decorate your teen’s bedroom.
No matter how big or small your home project. Hot Pot Paint and Hardware will now be able to assist you with everything from your Paint & Hardware to your Tools and even the wallpaper.
Our new ever growing range of tools will be on hand to assist with any project. From hammers and saws to G-Clamps and masks. If we don’t stock it and you need it. Let us know and we will see if we can source it for you.
Tools for any Job
Inside our family store you can get assistance from the team, and we have projects being added to our web site all the time.
If you need a tool for the job, get in touch or come along to our Vereeniging store today. We look forward to helping you on your next project.
When searching for the right painting contractor, these are typical questions you might like to ask or check.
a Skilled Paint Contractor will advise you with best and latest projects available for your project
They will give you an itemised quote, so you know what products and services they provide
Ask to see a portfolio and what brand of paint they use
Do they have insurance in place before they undertake your job
Have they got testimonials or reviews they can point you to, perhaps a website
At Hot Pot Paint and Hardware we can advise you on Paint Selection and we can also suggest painting contractors for certain projects that we or our customers have used in the past and given positive feedback on.
Whist we cannot directly guarantee work quality on every project, we are always seeking out good reputation contractors to pass on to our customers.
Do you know someone in the Vaal Triangle that you have used personally that you would be happy to recommend to others? Please feel free to comment here below using your Facebook account so we can share with others and spread good words of people who you feel are reputable and worth a shout out in the local area! Thank you for your input, it is most appreciated.
Its that time of year when you are likely thinking about pool time 🙂
We love the time we spend in our pools with family, friends or even for some alone time, but the things have a need for upkeep and maintenance.
Swimming Pool Tips for Keeping Clean and Well Maintained
Here are some articles with great tips from around the web to help you keep yours up to scratch, nice and clean and in great working order.
This US Based web site has some good tips and videos to watch too! http://www.poolhousesa.com/swimming-pool-maintenance-tips-advice FreshHome.com
Some good advice for those getting a new Pool on the maintenance tips you should keep in mind. http://freshome.com/2014/06/20/10-pool-maintenance-tips-need-try-right-now/
If you have any great tips of your own, please comment below and let others know. Its great to share 🙂
In the coming year of 2016 we are seeing a varying choice in colour direction from the various paint manufacturers around the globe. In the UK, Dulux is going Gold (you can see the link to their London Tent Expo below). Plascon here in SA is opting for the beach with their Atlantic Blue (and very nice it is too), whilst in the US, White is making a come back in the playbook.
A World of Colour and Choice from the Paint Companies
In the UK, Duluxappeared at Tent in London and revealed their UK Colour will be
Cherished Gold, Colour of the Year for 2016. Watch the video on YouTube below
Plascon Colour of the Year for 2016 will be: Atlantic Beach B5-B1-1
Yes, it is that time once again, back by much popular demand, Fanel Glassware will be in store in the Coffee Shop from 1pm on 9th November until 3pm on the 11th November 2015.
They are always a hit in store and people love to browse and treat themselves to one of the many goodies available in the collection. You are always assured to find a gift for someone special (perhaps a Christmas Gift for this year), or even as a treat to you with love 🙂
Glassware and More in Store 9th to 11th Novemeber 2015
Fanel Glassware at Hot Pot Paint Vereeniging
Any questions, feel free to come in store and chat to the good folks in the Coffee Shop, or you can call us on 016 428 5525 and ask for the Coffee Shop, someone will be happy to put you right through. Thank you for your continued support, we love brining you more of what you love, so be sure to share your experience on our Facebook Page, Like Us if you are happy to and if there is ever anything more we can do to assist you in your Painting and Updating Quest, let us know, we are here to help!
Have you dreamed of setting up your own home bar? Perhaps you have one already but are looking for some new ideas and inspiration?
For some, the perfect home bar consists of tech gadgets, huge TV Screens, Pool Table and Digital Juke Box. For others, its a calming relaxing get away space to entertain friends and family with a Braai or general conversation.
Whatever the purpose of your home addition, here are some web sites for you to take a look at for ideas and inspiration for your home bar design and set up.
That should get you started 🙂 If you have any photos of your home bar you would be happy to share, feel free to post, or just share your comments and thoughts below.
Just remember! If you need some wood stain or varnish for your home bar, or some fresh paint (and advice), then hop on down to Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Duncaville, Vereeniging where we will be more than happy to assist you. We also stock tools and sand paper too, in case you need some extras.
One of the articles in the Everyday Collection for 2015 focuses on the Him and Her proposition that comes with moving in together. There are often clashes in design ideas, personality styles and room design that leave a lot hanging up in the air. But often there is a great compromise to be had in bringing the styles together and choosing complimentary colours and elements to the room.
You can see more from Dulux below in the Facebook Page and also the Article linked below to their web site.
We have included a video at the bottom of this page too for you to have a little fun together in the bedroom… its a nice touch to include in your design style.
If you want to learn more, pop into store here in Vereeniging and ask us to help you, we would be happy to give you some pointers. We also have the Everyday+ Brochure in our inspired corner along with many other colour ideas to inspire you.
Drop in when you are next in the area, or feel free to call us on 016 428 1113 or 016 428 5525.
We have a new paint range here at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging for protecting those metal areas of the home such as your gates, palisade fencing and the like.
With Phosphoric Acid and Zinc Phosphate this anti corrosive paint works great for many applications such as:
As a base coat and/ or final coat on rusted surfaces (rust does not have to removed).
The paint of corrugated iron roofs, gutters, self feeders, implements, household appliances, fertilizer containers, zinc and cement dams, asbestos and cement surfaces for example floors, verandahs paving and dip tanks.
As water proofing on roofs and gutters that leak.
As base coat on wood surfaces.
Pure Acrylic is used as the main binding agent and provides water resistant traits to the paint. The fungicide prevents fungi penetrating the metal and the included Teflon and Silicon protects against UV rays, making this a very versatile and suitable paint for the outdoors.
The paint is both a primer and top coat so you can use two coats to get the job done with the colour range that is available. Call us on 016 428 1113 for further details or a quote and current pricing. We stock 5 and 20L sizes in store.
We finally made it, our quick review of the Dulux Visualizer App you may have seen advertised on TV Lately.
At first glance it was a little annoying, actually requiring a second look to really get into it as it was designed to be used. The first time we took a tour, it felt like it was against you and not intuitive at all like they show you in their demo video at the beginning.
The colour pallette on launch was not all in place (certainly not on our test anyway), but the second time around all seemed well and it felt easier to navigate.
It does have a little learning curve and time to adapt to its inner working, but once you set aside some time to play, you will soon be flying around the app like a pro, searching for colours you like or know already.
In my example on the video I just searched for Red and it gave me a multitude of choice.
There is even a pop up notice to let you know that the colour on your screen may not be an exact match the real life version on your wall.
As you will see though, there is a whole spectrum of colour to walk through on screen with a swipe of the finger along the top of the screen colour selection bar.
You can then drill down to types within the range before applying and then actually testing in the app.
The actual process of colouring in your walls is not too bad to be honest. It does give you a sense of how it may actually look should you go ahead and paint. Some parts get a little pixelated, but in this case, just choose to point your camera on a smooth and uncluttered wall for maximium effect.
To be honest, I would only recommend using this app on a tablet, or certainly a larger screen smart phone as it can be a little hard with tiny buttons.
The colour ranges available are vast and we loved the option to search for a local store, like us here at Hot Pot Paint.
So to sum up, the app is what it says, a visualizer, maybe a little gimmicky to be fair, and not likely to be a mainstay tester for the long haul, but certainly some good fun has promise for the future of paint selection. Let’s hope that Dulux watches out for customer and user feedback and updates the app for future releases.
Below is the How To Guide from Dulux UK – Most of it is relevant to the South African Market, but some features are not available or as good on the local version.
What did you think of the app if you tested it yourself?
With the rain season upon us here in the Vaal Triangle, you may well of noticed those pesky weeds popping up in your front yard, driveway and paths around your home? There are some good weed killers on the market available at your local Hardware store (like here at Hot Pot Paint), but should you decide to go the more natural route, here are some tips that are well worth a try.
1. Regular Salt
This stuff is great on food, for preserving meat and fish, but also makes a good natural weed killer too. You can dilute in water, usually 2 cups per litre for better results and then apply directly to the weeds and down in their roots. You have to be careful as this solution can kill plants that are perfectly happy in the garden, so like most weed killers, it is advisable to ensure that you direct your application to the weed only and not around garden plants and bushes.
2. White Vinegar
Standard household white vinegar is not as strong as the industrial strength you find in garden centres, so you need to use as it comes for the best results and not dilute it down. Using a spray applicator is a good idea as you can get down into the roots. It has been said that it is also more effective when applied in hot sunny weather. If it rains within 12 hours of applying, you are better off going over with a second try to get the best results.
3. Baking Soda
Once you have weeds out of the cracks in pathways etc, it is a great idea to sprinkle Baking Soda on the path and then sweep it into the cracks. This is usually effective at preventing more weed from growing, and it also deters ants too.
4. Boiling Water
This one is time consuming as it requires a constant top up and boiling of the kettle (or you could light a Gas Burner and heat a pot of water and then carefully top up something to pour from), but it is effective at killing larger weeds that have started to grow in your yard. In this case it will mean more repeated applications as it does not always kill off the entire root if its embeded well in the ground. You may need to apply some vinegar or something else afterwards in order to kill off the actual root.
If you need a stronger option, come down to see us at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging, we have stock on hand to help you, plus we have pressure sprayers in stock too if you want an easy way to distribute the stuff over your yard.
Let us know how you get on with the natural options suggested above if you give them a go, perhaps take a before and after picture and send it in to us to share with others, it would be much appreciated by all.
Thanks for reading, enjoy the garden this coming summer.
I just got done with painting some of the house to spruce up for spring and it takes a little chunk of time out of your week if you are going to do things correctly.
It is best to plan and if you can, remove furniture and fittings from the room to make it much simpler to decorate. If you cannot do this, then covering the furniture and special fixtures is essential if you want to avoid scraping off paint afterwards.
There are a couple of schools of thought in the prep phase. Some pro’s will tell you to go with painters tape to mask up the room for a better clean line finish, whilst others will tell you it is better to master the art of good cutting in to get that flush look. In the links below you can see a couple of great articles about the ways the pro’s do it, and watch a video from Home Depot in the US on how to paint a room.
My personal preference after several years of redecorating homes is to skip the tape and cut in with care and practice using a good quality brush.
Of course everything you need from Drop Cloths to Paint Brushes and Rollers, along with the actual paint is availa ble in store here at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging. Give us a call on 016 428 5525 if you need some help and advice, and remember to think about some colour ideas before you come to store so we can help you to narrow down final choice if you need it.
Here are those links I mentioned and the video from Home Depot USA.
Having a raised garden bed has many advantages. The obvious one is that you do not have to scratch around on ground level and can be seated comfortably, or even standing if you prefer to make them even higher.
Video Courtesy of WoodLogger on YouTube Channel
The soil that you put in can be controlled by you as well for quality additions, and watering is more controlled, plus the soil tends to warm faster once the sun rises due to the elevated position. This can be beneficial and even help to speed up growth a little in some situations.
Having the raised grow beds also allows easy management of your crop and can be protected more easily to avoid animals getting at your produce.
You can build your beds from Wood, Cement, Stone, brick etc, but just be sure to check that its not treated in a way that may leech out chemicals into your soil over time. You can also place weed cloth on the base of your area to reduce weed penetration as well.
Just remember, the higher you build, the more material you will need in the first place to build your raised garden beds which increases your cost. Plus you will need more soil and compost to fill them up. Keep beds at a reasonable length as having extended long beds can become annoying to walk around and tend each side. It is better as a guide to keep the width to around 4 Feet if you have access both sides, or 2.5 to 3 feet if only going from the one side to tend to the garden.
Just search on the web for many great ideas for different stlyes and shapes, and to get you started we have a neat video below showing just how simple it can be.
If you build one, send us in a picture to, we would be happy to share your efforts with our readers to show off your skills 🙂
We stock power tools, nails, screws and more down at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware. Plus we have Garden tools and range to choose from. Pop in store to take a look, and remember, if we do not carry on the shop floor, it is more than likely that we can order it in for you and delivery is not usually long from our suppliers.
Looking for something a little Versatile to Paint Your Home?
Rockgrip is Specifically designed to be value for money for consumers looking for an affordable solution in today’s market. It has interior and exterior use and comes in a selection of colours and finishes to suit your needs.
It boasts a compact palette range of 180 colours and is part of the Dulux Range which includes Primers, Undercoats and Speciality Paint. If you would like some further advice or help, please feel free to call us in Vereeniging on 016 428 5525 or 016 428 1113
Rockgrip also offers a General Purpose Undercoat and Plaster Primer along with Bonding Liquid and other Primers.
Rockgrip Colour Card
The image below is a snapshot from The Basic Rockgrip Colour Card that we have in store at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging.
If you are looking to paint the exterior of your home, or want some simple colour choices for the inside, then be sure to ask in store about Rockgrip from Dulux if you are looking for a value for money product.
Fitting a new kitchen can cost thousands, especially if you pay fitters and installers to do all the work. If you are a little handy or really want to have a go at installing a new kitchen yourself, then the video series below will be worth some time watching. It gives you some great advice and walks you through the steps you will need to take in order to do this job. The Series is by ToolSelect.com and their web site is worth a look too for other neat guides 🙂
Make sure if you are planning on doing this yourself that you prepare well in advance.
Have all the tools required for each stage, the new equipment that you wish to install and some help on hand. It’s never going to be easy to remove ovens, dish washers and especially cabinets from walls by yourself.
The other thing to remember is that this is unlikely to be just a day or two job if you are doing most of the work yourself. Allow for a few days, possibly a week off in order to get the complete job finished, especially if this is the first time you are attempting it.
If after watching the videos you decide that its just too much to take on yourself and bring in the pro’s, at least you will know what to expect, what to watch for and how things should be done properly 🙂
The Kitchen Remodel Process
This is a great series of videos on upgrading your own kitchen. The first video shown below gives you some help and guidance on removing the old content first. It helps you to think about the process you will follow when removing all the older cabinets etc.
Well worth a look, the video walks you through the process and underneath you can see the link to see the other videos in the series.
There is some debate when choosing to hang a new internal door in the home about using the old fashioned option of a hammer and chisel versus creating a template and using a router. From our experience it actually depends on personal choice but essentially it is much quicker and easier to just go with the hammer and chisel, especially if you are only going to do one door at a time around the home.
Here is a link to an article that shares both options and further below you can see a link to a video that shows using a Router on YouTube.
For our personal choice, the manual way, this video below from DIY Specialist Store in the UK called B&Q shows how simple it can actually be. Just make sure you have the correct tools to begin such as Square Saw, Measure, Wood Planer, Pencil, Chisel and of course the door with hinges.
How to Hang an Internal Wood Door with a Chisel and Hammer