Archive Monthly Archives: November 2015

How to Seal Your Garage Floor

Sealing a garage floor



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.

Teen Painting Ideas for the Home

Guest Post on Painting Ideas for Teenagers

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.

Article Courtesy of Ezine Articles.

Find out more useful information on http://www.bedroompaintingideas.org/

Article Source: Ezine Articles

Tools for any D.I.Y Job.

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

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.

Choosing a Paint Contractor for your next Project

Selecting a Paint Contractor

 

 

Choosing the Right Painting Contractor

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.

Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

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 Maintenance Tips

 

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.

10 Great Pool Maintenance Tips
http://home.howstuffworks.com/10-pool-maintenance-tips.htm#page=0

Cutting down the Electricity Cost
http://keepitblue.co.za/2011/06/is-your-pool-pump-using-more-electricity-than-you-can-afford/#more-41

Algae Types and How to Get Rid of Them
http://keepitblue.co.za/2010/12/swimming-pool-algae-the-types-and-how-to-get-rid-of-them/#more-28

How to Test and Adjust Your Pools PH Levels
http://keepitblue.co.za/2010/11/pool-ph-levels-adjusting-and-testing/#more-21

12 Common Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes
http://www.lawnpro.co.za/swimming-pool-maintenance-tips.aspx

Pool House
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 🙂

Thanks for reading today.

2016 Colour Forecast Dulux and Plascon

Trends Range from White to Bold Colour Statements

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.

Dulux 2016 Colour Forecast UK

Plascon 2016 Colour Forecast

 

A World of Colour and Choice from the Paint Companies

 

In the UK, Dulux appeared 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

Read the full colour forecast online here…
http://issuu.com/plascon/docs/plascon_colour_forecast_2016_150dpi/20?e=0/14615390

 

Whilst in the USA, White is making its come back in a striking way. 4 Top Paint
Manufacturers are going with the neutral to allow more creativity from the user.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/54931197/list/color-of-the-year-off-white-is-on-trend-for-2016

 

What are your thoughts?

Do you like striking bold colours, or the more neutral choices? Do you tend to vary your selection
across your home, or stick to one trend colour throughout the space?

Fanel Glassware Coming Back to Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Vereeniging

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

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!

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