Archive Monthly Archives: August 2010

Academy Brushware

If you need a paint brush, not just any brush, but the right one for the right job, then be sure to check out the Academy range in store at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging.

With rollers, roller sets, brooms, oval brushes, mops, putty knives, scrappers and more, the Academy Range offers quality at a great affordable price.

Our stock of rollers alone is impressive. Ezypile, Propile, Ruffpile, Mock Mohair, and much more in store. From 50mm to 225mm ranges, you can be sure to get what you need. Maybe you are working on a one off job at home, or you need 50 for a team on site, we can accommodate your needs and will ensure we order in specially for you if you have a big project in mind.

Academy Brushware range at Hot Pot Paint

Academy was founded in 1953, and have built an enviable reputation in the industry. Be sure to use the best for your projects and allow us to assist you in planning and guidance with our expert team.

How to Paint Stainless Steel

Painting Stainless Steel: Overcoming the Common Problems

Guest Author: Tyron Tollett

Anyone who has attempted to paint any kind of metal has probably noticed that it can be a bit of a challenge. However, this does not mean that you are stuck with the cold, industrial feel of stainless steel products and structures. With a little work, you can bring some color and warmth to these items. While painting stainless steel is not as simple as slapping on a coat of paint, it can be done with a little care and preparation.


The biggest problem most people have when attempting to paint stainless steel is selecting the proper paint. By choosing a paint specifically formulated for metal, you can avoid many of the difficulties associated with painting stainless steel. Also consider the environment and purpose of the object you are painting. Items exposed to extreme temperatures and elements may need a paint that is specifically made for those elements.

The paint container should state on the label which types of surfaces that particular type of paint is appropriate for. Reading the labels carefully should give you all the information you need to make the proper paint choice for your project.

When painting stainless steel, people tend to have problems with paint adhesion. This is usually due to the metal not being properly prepared before applying the paint. There are many different techniques for prepping stainless steel for painting. Make sure the metal is thoroughly cleaned. This can be done by using a degreaser, such as alcohol or acetone. Roughing the surface, then adding a primer can also help with paint adhesion, but take care that the roughing does not damage the anticorrosive properties of the steel. Epoxy primers tend to be the best choice for the painting of stainless steel. Acid etching is another possibility for preparing stainless steel to take paint. Acid etch primers use high concentrations of acids to damage the other surface of the item and allow paint to better adhere.

If these processes seem like more than you are ready to deal with, finding a professional powder coater may be a great solution to your stainless steel painting problems. Powder coating is a complex process in which the surface of the metal is prepares by blasting to create texture. Then a powder is applied all over the surface you wish to finish. This powder is then heated to an excess of four hundred degrees. Creating a plastic type shell over the surface of the metal allows for a painted look finish. This process can be quite difficult for the do it yourselfer and should be done by a professional.

While painting stainless steel is not a quick five minute project, you do have options available for you to change the look of stainless steel. Take some time to investigate the processes necessary to complete the project, and decide if it is something you can handle or if you need the assistance of a professional. If you have access to the materials necessary and the experience to do the job, stainless steel can be painted


Article Source: http://www.articleclick.com/Article/Painting-Stainless-Steel-Overcoming-the-Common-Problems/949134

About the Author:
Tyron is a professional writer and writes about various different subjects. One of his favourite subject is stainless steel. Visit the website at http://www.stainless-steel-now.com to get more information about various different stainless steel products available in the market.

Hot Pot Paint Vereeniging More Images

Here are some more shots of our new store in Vereeniging.
If you need paint, plumbing, gardening equipment, cement, rollers, brushes and more. Then pop into our store where we will be happy to assist you.

More shots of the Vereeniging Hot Pot Paint & Hardware Store

Corlia in shock at the till at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware

Another photo of our new store in Vereeniging

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Building a Solar Geyser System

Guest Post from Max Morgan-Bellinger

As many people have come to realize, electricity supply is limited & generally there isn’t enough to go around resulting in regular power outages so alternatives in the form of Solar power are becoming attractive options.


In fact you can create an effective solar water heating system with this free energy source.

Building Your Own Solar Geyser

Whilst getting your solar water heating system installed professionally could cost you more than you had hoped for, the DIY solar geyser option is something that any competent handyman could manage.

It’s also worth noting that building a homemade solar geyser can be done with material that can be purchased from your local hardware store and it won’t cost a fortune either.

Also remember that solar geysers are not the same as the normal electric geyser in your roof however it is possible to convert your existing geyser into a “solar geyser”.

It is advisable to get an expert to do this for you as your solar panel may not be compatible with the high pressure geyser in your home.

Although it adds to the cost it is advisable to use a solar geyser tank rather than modifying the electric one as the purpose built solar tank is better insulated, works more efficiently with solar collectors and has a longer life.

Another cost benefit to installing your own solar water heating system is that you would probably be able to get a significant rebate from the national power supplier for reducing the power demand on their limited resources.

So if you think you are up to building & installing your own solar water geyser, all you need is a decent step-by-step guide to walk you through the whole process.

PS – Get all the information you need as well as this 5 Step Guide to Build Your Own Solar Water Heater here.

http://www.alternative-energy-sources.co.za/solar-water-heater.htm

Article Source: EzineArticles

Webco Tools at Hot Pot Paint

We are pleased to offer you fantastic quality tools from Webco Tools, a great South African Company.

From saws to wheelbarrows, levels to spades, we have the range in stock. Take the wide range of pliers for example. From Tin Snip to Fencing and Mini Pliers, we have them available for you to browse and purchase in our Vereeniging Store.

Ask in store about the Webco Guarantee. You will not find better in South Africa and we have been impressed with their service, quality of products and the great feedback from our customers to date.

Be sure to check out the Webco Range of tools when you next pass by.
Webco Tools with the lifetime guarantee

Look After Your Roof

Guest Post from Irene Galloway

Looking after your roof doesn’t have to be an arduous task and many home owners opt to paint their roofs in order to give some added protection against the elements. Not only can painting your roof help to protect and preserve it, it has the added benefit of allowing you to create a new look for your home without the expense of replacing your tiles. Whether you’re looking to give your home a makeover or you’re interested in protecting your roof tiles, painting your roof can do both. If you’re thinking of painting your roof, here are some tips to help get you started:

Cleaning the roof
The first step in preparing your roof for painting is to clean the surface thoroughly using a pressure washer. This will remove any moss or other debris and leave your tiles free of dirt and mould. It will also allow you to see if there are any tiles that are cracked or broken.

Repairing the roof
If, after cleaning, you notice any tiles in need of repair or replacement, this should be done prior to painting. If your roof is metal, it’s important to remove all traces of rust at this stage. Any ridge or verge pointing required should also be carried out and left for 24 hours to ensure that all areas are completely dry. Lastly, an appropriate fungicide should be applied to prevent mould re-growth.

It’s worth noting that lifting tiles after your roof has been painted is not advisable and so it’s a good idea to check for other defects or potential problems prior to painting (eg. felt work, birds nests, rotten timbers).

Painting the roof
The roof surface must be completely dry before painting so it pays to check the weather forecast! It’s also important to take the necessary safety precautions such as wearing protective clothing and ensuring that your working area is safe. Working at a height is always potentially dangerous and if you’re a complete novice, consider leaving it to the professionals. This type of project should never be attempted on a windy day or when visibility is poor.

Ensure that the paint you select is a genuine roof paint; it should come with a 10 year guarantee. This will prevent water from penetrating and soaking into your roof tiles, causing it instead to form into little droplets and slide off. When you have chosen a good quality roof paint, be prepared to give the area at least 2 coats, allowing it to dry thoroughly in between.

Help and advice
If you’re looking for advice on any aspect of roof care or repair, Kirkland Contracts can help. Visit us at http://kirklandcontracts.co.uk

Based in Scotland, Kirkland Contracts is an established, family run business. The company has built up an excellent reputation over the past decade and continues to provide an efficient, friendly service where all work carried out is guaranteed to be of the highest standard.

Article Source: Ezine Articles

New Photos from the Hot Pot Paint Vereeniging Store

The new store is going very well, and we just want to say thank you so much to our customers old and new for the continued support.

With much more in our range, from cement, to taps, and gardening to plumbing, we have seen our customers happy faces at the increased range available.

More like a one stop shop, with an ever increasing stock range, we aim to deliver all you need for the basic home D.I.Y job to the contractor seeking great deals on bulk orders.

Balcony View of our new store at Hot Pot Paint & Hardware Vereeniging

Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Vereeniging New Images

Perhaps you need a few new spare keys for the home? Check out our new Key cutting department in-store.

Key Cutting at Awesome Prices with Hot Pot Paint

We also have a great range of taps courtesy of Cachet International for you to browse in our main store.

Taps, Taps, Taps - Get your in store at Hot Pot Paint Vereeniging

Not forgetting if you need some help and advice, take a seat in our inspiration corner and allow our team to assist you with ideas from colour ranges and samples to great decorating tips.
Inspiration for Decorating your Home or Office?

If you need something specific, why not give us a call on Vereeniging 016 428 5525 or drop in-store and ask us in person, we are always happy to assist.

Koffi at Hot Pot Paint Vereeniging

If you are passing by our store, why not come in for a fresh brewed coffee or pot of tea?
With our weekday specials and great service, you can always find a big welcome smile and a
great slice of cake awaiting you.

The Coffee Shop at Hot Pot Paint

Maybe you would like to hold a small function or party in the Coffee Shop? Contact our management team for more information, we are always happy to accommodate wherever we can.

Hold a special function at our coffee shop?

Be sure to try our great breakfasts if you are passing by early in the morning, or grab a coffee to go if you are running late and in need of a caffeine fix 🙂

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