Archive Monthly Archives: September 2012

Build Your Own Coffee Table

Add a Little Zing to your Living Room


How about your own hand built Coffee Table? Forget paying thousands for a new coffee table in your home, make your own.

There is a simple help guide on the Home Channel web site that we found that explains what you need and how to make it!

At Hot Pot you can purchase tools, paint and hardware, but at this point we do not stock the power tools, although we are thinking it over!

Would you like to be able to purchase power tools in store at Hot Pot Paint & Hardware in Vereeniging?

Build your own coffee table

Image Courtesy of the Home Channel Web Site

Let us know, tell us via our site contact form what you would like to be able to purchase from us (it can be anything paint and hardware related that you think we should stock, not just power tools! Maybe even Pool Cleaners  and equipment etc)?

You can go to our contact form right here and send us your thoughts. We will read your comments and get back to you – we may even send you a special thank you gift too ūüôā


Win R20,000 Cash for your Home Design

Did you See the Promo that Glade is Currently Running


[box color=yellow]How would you like to win R20,000.00 in prize money to do a touch of decoration in your home?[/box]

Glade is running a promotion until December 2012 where you could be a lucky winner. Its an SMS entry process and all you have to do is text them your favourite “smell” ūüôā

The competition closes on the 9th December, and you can see more details on the Home Channel South Africa web site, just click here!



Glade Prize Draw for R20k

Glade Prize Draw for R20k

Chalking and Dirt Pick up with Paint Work


Chalking is the formation of a white powdery substance on the surface of paint as it ages (quite often confused with fading). It can lead to fading as well as the delaminating of paint applied on top of it. It can also run down a surface, causing run marks. Some chalking is common with most paints.
POSSIBLE CAUSES: A paint deficient in binder ‚Äúchalks‚ÄĚ on exposure to weathering.
A normal paint applied over insufficiently sealed, porous surfaces. Highly pigmented oil-based paints that are exposed to sunlight and rain. Certain white and light coloured paints are designed to chalk. A simple test for chalking is to run your fingers across the dry coating. If the coating is chalking, the residue will cling to your fingers.
SOLUTION: Light chalking can be removed by wiping the surface and be easily repainted once wiped clean. Heavy chalking can sometimes be removed witha high-pressure wash. However, if the chalkiness remains after washing, a Bonding Liquid such as Dulux Trade Bonding Liquid should be used before repainting. Bonding liquids need to be applied with care so careful note should be made of the instructions on the tin. Follow this with a two coat application of a premium quality paint such as Dulux Weatherguard or Dulux Wallguard in an exterior application.

Dirt Pickup

This is the build up of dirt and dust on the surface.
POSSIBLE CAUSES: Using inferior products. Environmental dust, pollution and airborne particles collecting on walls and roofs. Rain/water drops splashing soil onto walls.
SOLUTION: Rinse the surface thoroughly before priming and painting. Heavier dirt build up can be cleaned by carefully using a high-pressure hose (be careful not to damage the surface). Smooth and satin finish products tend not to be as susceptible to exterior dirt pickup as matt, textured products. Gloss finish is recommended for interior application where dirt pickup is likely to occur.

Do You Browse the Web?

Hot Pot Paint Online Purchase Options?


We love to serve our customers in store. Its easier in general as we can better understand your needs and go through our wonderful paint and hardware range with you one to one. But sometimes your needs are more pressing and the option to call up and order over the phone has been critical to many in the past few years.

With the World Wide Web becoming ever more important in our busy world, we want to get feedback from our readers, browsers and buyers about the option to be able to purchase online?

[box color=green]What do you think? Would you like to be able to purchase certain product lines online?[/box]

Maybe you need paint, brushes, rollers, drop sheets, thinners, or tools and hardware, but simple do not have the time to come into store?

Perhaps you live in an area too far away from our Vereeniging store, but love our prices and would like to be able to order online?

Tell us what you think, let us know if you think this would benefit your shopping experience more with Hot Pot Paint. We always appreciate your feedback and would welcome your comments any time.


Either come along to see us in store to tell us what you think about web ordering, or give us a call, 016 428 5525, even use our online contact form to give us your thoughts.

Thanks for reading, have an awesome day, and we hope to see you in store some time soon.

Win R1000 Worth of Paint

Customer Services Team at Hot Pot Paint & Hardware


Our goal is to provide you with the best products and service at the right price. Sometimes we get it wrong and we want to make sure we are doing all we can to improve that every day. If you come into our Vereeniging store over the next couple of weeks, you may be asked to fill out a customer survey before you leave.

It will take just five minutes of your day, but will help us to make sure our service and our product choice is what you need and hopefully beat your expectations.

If you are lucky enough to get asked, you could also win R1,000.00 worth of paint on us in store. Each person who fills out a customer survey form will be automatically entered into our draw at the end of October 2012.

If you are coming to store Tuesday-Thursday mornings, then ask for Martin in store to assist you once you are done with your shop and you can fill out one of our forms ūüôā Otherwise we may just approach you randomly whilst you are here.

It matters to us each and every day of the year, so if you do not see our survey this time around, your thoughts still matter deeply to us! We always welcome feedback, so feel free to talk to Judy or Ernie Reid in store about your experience with us, or fill out the contact form here on our web site and tell us how you found your experience, either when you telephoned us or came in to the store.

If you would like to see some new ranges stocked, let us know. For example, Power Tools, Swimming Pool Kit, Lawnmowers, Leaf Blowers etc. Tell us what you would like to be able to purchase in store, we always appreciate your feedback.

We hope to see you in store very soon, thanks for using Hot Pot Paint & Hardware.


Alligatoring and Blistering Paint Work


This describes the cracks that form a pattern on the surface that looks like the scales of an alligator.
POSSIBLE CAUSES: Application of a topcoat before the undercoat has properly dried. A process whereby certain oil-based products age because of changes in temperature over time. Use of a less flexible coating (e.g. Alkyd Enamel) over a flexible coating (e.g. Latex Primer).

SOLUTION: The problem paint needs to be completely removed. Once the surface has been re-primed with an appropriate primer, apply a top quality latex paint.



Blisters are small domes or ‚Äúbubbles‚ÄĚ that form in the paint film that cause the¬†paint to lose adhesion from the coating or substrate below. The diameter of¬†the blisters may vary in size from a few millimeters to more than a meter.

It’s worthwhile to note that some small blisters recover without affecting the integrity of the paint film, however should the blisters pop or burst they allow water to ingress and result in the peeling of the paint film.
POSSIBLE CAUSES: Blisters are caused by either moisture or air being trapped behind the paint film and in an attempt to escape, the air or moisture lifts the film off the substrate. Water is the more common cause and can originate from moisture in the ground or from within the structure, but it can also be caused by rain or other moisture, particularly if the moisture comes in contact with the paint before it has dried properly, for example rain or dew.
SOLUTION: All blisters must be removed by sanding or scraping. Ensure that the edges of the remaining paint are sanded to provide a smooth substrate. All sanding residue must be removed, and if necessary, allow the substrate to dry. (Moisture content of less than 12%). The correct primer must then be applied prior to the application of the topcoat. If applicable, the source of moisture must be removed or treated.

Burnishing and Marring Paint Work

Burnishing and Marring Painted Areas

This is a condition in which the paint becomes ‚Äúshiny‚ÄĚ when cleaned or rubbed.¬†Abrasive cleaners can accentuate the problem so a mild household detergent and¬†water is normally the best method for cleaning paints. As washing can affect the¬†sheen level of some paints, walls should be washed from corner-to-corner instead¬†of just a dirty area.

POSSIBLE CAUSES: Using a non-washable product in a area that experiences high traffic volumes. Some colours and types of paints are also more prone to this problem than others. Generally speaking, lower quality matt paints and deeper, darker colours will tend to mar. Certain appliances or furniture (e.g. trolleys, couches) bumping against the surface. Frequent wiping in a specific area.
SOLUTION: The only way to rectify a situation where marring or burnishing is occurring is to overcoat the affected area with a high quality paint. For interior usage, Dulux Luxurious Silk is recommended for all colours in high traffic areas. Alternatively, use a high gloss enamel finish. Surfaces should be cleaned with soft materials and non-abrasive cleaners.

Help with Designing your New Room Layout?

Design your Room before you Change it!


Having an idea of your new room look and feel is a great way to “visualize it” beforehand. There are many great design software tools out there, but we stumbled across a free one that is online, so it works in your web browser and is pretty neat too.

You can have a play with it here:

You can see a snapshot below of their homepage which shows some latest designs that people have done on the site.

My Deco Room Designer

My Deco Room Designer



The great thing is you can save it, go back and change it and even have a 3D image sent to you once you complete your design.

You start with a simple open window and design you room from scratch. You can set correct sizes, include walls, flooring, paint, content in the room and more, its really a great tool to get an idea of laying our your new room.

If you need some help with the latest trends in paint, then come along to Hot Pot and let us help you choose the right colour for your next design. From Kitchens, to Bathrooms, Bedrooms to Braai areas, we have you covered.

Video Guides on the Site to Help You

Video Guides on the Site to Help You













2D Design Planner on the Site to Use

2D Design Planner on the Site to Use

Prize Winners for the Spring Draw at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware

Our Winners and some Photos from the Spring Draw


Congratulations to our Top Prize Winner with the Samsung 32″ LCD TV


Winner at Hot Pot Paint September 2012 Spring Draw

Winner at Hot Pot Paint September 2012 Spring Draw












Our Other Great Prize Winners at Hot Pot Spring Draw 2012




The Dulux Dogs at Hot Pot Paint Spring Prize Draw and Open Day!

Make sure you don’t miss out on our next event and special offers at Hot Pot, sign up to our newsletter today and be informed about great discounts, offers and more.

The Dulux Dogs

The Dulux Dogs


Great Savings on Home Decoration and Painting

Septemeber & October 2012
Great Savings at Hot Pot Paint & Hardware Vereeniging


More Deals as Promised, Also Check out our main Specials Page for Awesome Deals on Roof Paint and Weatherguard from Dulux…


Dulux Gloss Enamel 5L

R325 Dulux Gloss Enamel 5L

Dulux Luxurious Silk 5L

Dulux Luxurious Silk 5L








R348 Dulux Luxurious Silk 5L


Dulux Luxurious Silk 20L

Dulux Luxurious Silk 20L








Dulux Luxurious Silk 20L ONLY R1055

Dulux PVA 5L

Dulux PVA 5L








R260 Dulux Acrylic PVA 5L

Lacquer Thinners 5L

Lacquer Thinners 5L







Lacquer Thinners 5L ONLY R79

QD Thinners 5L

QD Thinners 5L







QD Thinners 5L ONLY R95

Assorted Drop Sheets

Assorted Drop Sheets







Assorted Drop Sheets

Plastic Heavy Duty

2m x 3m ONLY R12

2m x 5m Just R30


3m x 7m = R480

3m x 4m = R279

Assorted Roller Sets

Assorted Roller Sets







Assorted Roller Sets



Builders 8 Piece Trayset

Builders 8 Piece Trayset







Builders 8 Piece Tray Set

Dropsheet 3m x 2m
Sanding Paper 30mm x 230mm
1 x 3 Piece Paint Brush Set
1 x Paint Roller Refill 230mm
1 x Paint Roller Handle 230mm
1 Plastic Paint Tray

JUST R45.00 

Masking Tape 24mm and 48mm

Masking Tape 24mm and 48mm








Great Savings on Masking Tape 24mm and 48mm

24mm R9.50

48mm R19.00

Crackfill 2kg

Crackfill 2kg

Crackfill 10KG

Crackfill 10KG







Crackfill 2 and 10KG at Great Prices

2KG R32

10KG R120

Oval Brushes

Oval Brushes







Oval Brushes – Great for Roof Painting Jobs

R99 for the Large Oval Brush – Awesome Value!

QD Red Oxide Primer 5L

QD Red Oxide Primer 5L








QD Red Oxide 5L

R126.00  Great Savings!

Alkali Attack with Paint Work

Alkali Attack

Alkali refers to an ionic substance that can combine with protons to form a basic compound (salt, soap). This phenomenon is usually visualized as a colour loss (white or yellow patches) or deterioration of a paint film.
POSSIBLE CAUSES: Poor surface preparation especially masonry surfaces. Oil based paint that is applied to a moist surface rich in alkali. Moisture within the structure.

Normally this happens when mortar or plaster that is less than one month old and still has a high moisture content has been painted, or when an alkali resistant primer has not been used.
SOLUTION: Allow masonry surfaces to cure for a minimum of 60 days. Paint preferably after 6 months. Remove damaged / deteriorated paint film by wire brushing and rinse thoroughly. Remove source of moisture (moisture level should not exceed 12%).

Apply Dulux Trade Alkali Resistant Primer and finish with a top quality latex paint. Some specialized primers such as Durafast may be applied to walls with a high moisture content (up to 30%), but the walls should still be allowed to dry out further before over coating.

Dulux Roofguard

The Perfect Paint to Protect Your Roof…


…Plus it looks great too!

The Dulux range of paints are always sure to deliver. But the Roofguard range is perfect for giving your roof some added colour and protection.

Quote from the Dulux web site…

“Dulux Roofguard is a specialized roof paint that is designed to provide superior protection against South Africa’s harsh weather conditions on all types of roof surfaces. It has Solarflex¬ģ which has a built-in UV and weather protection, offering maximum protection”


Dulux Roofguard

Check to see if its on our specials page! We offer this product from time to time at great low price deals, see if its still available today!


Preparation of Existing Painted Surfaces

Preparation of existing surfaces

Prior to painting, ensure that all sources of rising damp and/or lateral damp are established and repaired in accordance with approved damp proofing methods. The Contractor must also establish and repair any other causes of water ingress from roofs, balconies, or moisture within the structure such as blocked or rusted pipes.

Allow surfaces to dry out thoroughly Рno more than 12% moisture content.
Cleaning of plaster
To remove flaking paint, chalkiness, as well as dirt and debris, clean exterior walls by high-pressure water blast at a pressure of 150 to 200 bars, using a rotating nozzle.

Remove loose paint with a sharp paint scraper and firm hand pressure. It is not necessary to remove well-bonded layers of paint. Crosshatch tests should be done on areas where the adhesion of paint is suspect. Feather edges of tightly bonded paint with rough to medium grit paper to smooth them off and provide an even surface.

 Sand enamel surfaces lightly to provide a key.  Wash sound interior surfaces with a solution of sugar soap. This will ensure that any dirt and grease on the surface, as well as chalked paint,
has been removed. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.  Remove all existing friable and porous filling material. Repair and skim with an exterior cement-based crack filler.

Remove all silicone from expansion joints and replace with flexible filler.  To kill lichen and algae growth, scrub with one of the following solutions: either 4:1 water/HTH (chlorine), or 4:1 water/JIK (sodium hypochlorite). Ensure that the areas are completely saturated, and allow the solution to react for a minimum of four (4) hours. Rinse the complete wall surface thoroughly with clean water.

Efflorescence and lime bloom are a result of water within the structure, dissolving salts and lime, then evaporating and leaving a white deposit on the surface. It should be brushed down and wiped with a dampened (not wet) sponge. The brushing/wiping must be repeated as often as the deposits appear. Painting must not commence until efflorescence has ceased.

Hair cracks (-0.2mm) may just be sanded lightly. Remove dust and debris. Brush Dulux Rainshield well into the cracks with an old small brush to fill and bridge the cracks.

Medium plaster cracks (+0.2mm and -2mm) are to be raked out with a scraper blade. Treat fungal growth with either 4:1 water/HTH (chlorine), or 4:1 water/JIK (sodium hypochlorite). Rinse thoroughly with water and allow drying. Remove dust and debris and fill with flexible crack filler such as Acryl-W, or similar pure acrylic mastic that can be painted. Brush-apply Dulux Rainshield well into and around filled area to provide a flexible bridge.

Walls with extensive cracks. Open, clean and fill all cracks wider than 2mm according to instructions above. After all cracks have been opened, cleaned and filled, coat the entire wall from corner to corner with Dulux Rainshield. Alternatively, apply plaster/adhesive slurry to the entire wall from corner to corner.

Large structural cracks (+2mm), holes and corner cracks must be opened out with a disc grinder in a V-shape to 3mm or larger. Treat fungal growth with either 4:1 water/HTH (chlorine), or 4:1 water/JIK (sodium hypochlorite). Rinse thoroughly with water and allow drying. The cleaned cracks should be wetted, and then filled with a damp cement/sand mortar with a ratio of 1:4. The in-fill mortar should be properly compacted into the cracks. Brush-apply Dulux Rainshield well into and around filled area to provide a flexible bridge.

Failed movement joints. Remove failed existing sealant, clean out and reinstate with flexible filler such as single pack polyurethane sealer and backing cord. Brush-apply Dulux Rainshield well into and around filled area to provide a flexible bridge.

Where necessary, create new movement joints by knifing through the crack with a disc grinder. Install new joint and fill with flexible filler such as single pack polyurethane sealer and backing cord. Brush-apply Dulux Rainshield well into and around filled area to provide a flexible bridge.

 Spalling/Delaminating plaster. Plaster of which the adhesion is suspect must be removed down to sound brickwork, and re-plastered to match existing.  Mortar that is soft and friable, must be scraped out between the bricks and re-applied with a 1:3 cement/sand mortar.

Waterproofing of horizontal and sloping wall tops . Remove unsound existing waterproofing membrane. Clean surfaces and repair all cracks. Apply 2 coats Dulux Rainshield fibre reinforced waterproofer over the entire length of the wall tops.

The waterproofing system should be taken up, over, and down parapets, and extended at least 25mm down the sides. To prevent capillary action (water cohesion) the waterproofing system must be worked well into the substrate. Apply finishing coats as specified. (If a membrane is used, ensure that the membrane is cut and applied in a straight line along the side of the wall.)

Water leaks within the structure or on roofs
All causes of water ingress and leaks on roofs or within the structure, such as blocked or rusted pipes, must be established and repaired or replaced. The walls must be allowed to dry out thoroughly with no more than 12% moisture content.

Rising dampness and lateral dampness
Prior to painting all causes of moisture in walls, rising dampness, or dampness as a result of earth-retention, must be repaired in accordance with approved waterproofing methods.

Building Boards
Damaged boards must be replaced. Any loose paint must be removed with a sharp paint scraper and firm hand pressure. It is not necessary to remove well-bonded layers of paint. Crosshatch tests should be done on areas where the adhesion of paint is suspect. Edges of tightly bonded paint must be feathered with rough to medium grit paper to smooth them off and provide an even surface. N.B. Do not sand asbestos surfaces.

Wash sound, existing surfaces with a solution of sugar soap. This will ensure that any dirt and grease on the surface, as well as chalked paint, has been removed. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Any dirt and debris must be removed by washing the surface with a solution of Fixit sugar soap, or similar approved water-soluble detergent. Rinse surface thoroughly and allow drying.  If there is efflorescence on the surface, it should be brushed down and wiped with a dampened (not wet) sponge. The brushing/wiping must be repeated as often as the deposits appear. Painting must not commence until efflorescence has ceased.  Reinstate pointing where necessary.

To remove chalkiness, as well as dirt and debris, clean exterior walls by high-pressure water blast, using a rotating nozzle, at a pressure of 150 to 200 bars.  Remove loose, flaking paint with a sharp paint scraper and firmhand pressure. It is not necessary to remove well-bonded layers of paint. Crosshatch tests should be done on areas where the adhesion of paint is suspect. Feather edges of tightly bonded paint with rough to medium grit paper to smooth them off and provide an even surface.
Sand enamel surfaces lightly to provide a key.
Wash surfaces with a solution of sugar soap. This will ensure that any dirt and grease on the surface, as well as chalked paint, has been removed. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Concrete where carbonating (spalling) occurs, must be chipped away and removed. Ensure that all concrete areas with a negative Ph (less than 12) are removed and repaired.
 Prepare and paint damaged and rusted steel reinforcing in accordance with our specification for structural steel. If not repaired, it may lead to further contamination of the concrete.
 V-Joints, and medium to large cracks and holes in concrete may be filled with a flexible exterior crack filler or a pure acrylic mastic that can be painted.

Ensure surfaces are sound, clean and thoroughly dry Рmoisture content should not exceed 12%.  Remove dust and loose contaminants with a stiff brush or clean rags. N.B. Clean the environment of dust and building debris before the final finishing coat is applied.

Trouble Shooting Paint Problems Part 2

In this series we continue some basic troubleshooting issues.

Mildew or Mould
Mildew or Mould is the formation of grey, black, green or brown fungus on the paint. It can be of a uniform or spotty appearance, or both.

POSSIBLE CAUSES: When paint surfaces remain cool and moist for long periods, this forms the ideal environment for micro-organisms to thrive. It will be accentuated by using low quality paint with little or no fungicide.

Spores can also originate from: mildew being on the surface when painted or wind-blown spores
getting on the paint. Flat paints are more susceptible to mildew than satin or gloss paints. Alkyd paints are more susceptible than latex paints.
SOLUTION: Use a 4:1 solution of water and household bleach to wash away all traces of mildew. Always use at least two coats of quality exterior paint.

Mud cracking
This is where cracks appear that look like mud that has dried.
POSSIBLE CAUSES: Occurs in different situations where paint is applied too thickly, either in corners, because of incorrect spraying techniques or in an attempt to cover underlying flaws.
SOLUTION: All excess paint needs to be scraped off and sanded. The surface needs
to be primed and repainted.

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