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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.

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

Cutting down the Electricity Cost

Algae Types and How to Get Rid of Them

How to Test and Adjust Your Pools PH Levels

12 Common Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes

Pool House
This US Based web site has some good tips and videos to watch too!
Some good advice for those getting a new Pool on the maintenance tips you should keep in mind.
If you have any great tips of your own, please comment below and let others know. Its great to share 🙂

Thanks for reading today.

Dulux Visualizer App Review

Dulux Visualizer App Review

Watch the Video Review, Click Play Below

Read the Review if you Prefer Below…

Dulux Visualizer App Written Review

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?

How the Pro’s Paint a Room

Painting a Room in Your Home

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.

How to Paint a Room

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.

The School of Non Taping

The Pro who says to use Tape


Your Video Guide (which shows taping)

Tell us your personal preference for painting and even share some photos if you have them 🙂 Thanks for reading.

Raised Garden Bed DIY

Benefits of Having a Raised Garden Bed

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.

Raised Garden Bed

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.


Kitchen Make Over Guide

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 and their web site is worth a look too for other neat guides 🙂

Kitchen Make Over How to Guide

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.

Here is a link to all the videos in their series!

Part 1: Kitchen Remodel – How To Design or Remodel a New Kitchen

Part 2: Kitchen Remodel – How To Choose Cabinet Doors

Part 3: Kitchen Remodel – How To Choose A Door Glide System

Part 4: Kitchen Remodel – How To Choose the right wood or material for your Cabinets

Part 5: Kitchen Remodel – How to Prepare for Demolition

Part 6: Kitchen Remodel – How to remove existing cabinets   (This video is actually a repeat of the First Part so you can Skip)

Part 7: Kitchen Remodel – How to prepare walls and measure layout for cabinets

Part 8: Kitchen Remodel – How to hang kitchen cabinets and keep them level

Part 9: Kitchen Remodel – How to install and level cabinets on an uneven floor

Part 10 & 11: Kitchen Remodel – How To save time and install cabinet hardware

Hanging a New Door – Chisel or Router?

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.

Hanging an Internal Door Correctly

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

If you would like to see the video using a Router, then go to this YouTube Video for more…

Tell us what you think and share any personal experiences too if you like, we love getting your feedback!

Colour Design, Choosing your Palette

Colour Ideas with the Colour Wheel

What the Wheel Tells Us?

The standard guides tell us about the various ways to help when choosing colours that compliment in a room design. Typically you get the following:


This deals with a single colour and uses shades, tints tones etc to give you the variations


Using three colours adjacent to one another on the colour wheel


Colour combination of two colours opposite one another on the colour wheel for dramatic impact.


This is a scheme of three colours that are evenly spaced around a colour wheel to give quite vibrant results.

Watch our Video for some Ideas and Guidance

Please let us know what you think? Post below or write on our Facebook Page. Did you like the video series? What else would you like to know more about? We truly appreciate your feedback.


Link to other sites as promised in the Video!

Dulux, Using the Colour Wheel

Adobe Colour Wheel

Plascon Colour System Colour Palette Ideas

Dulux, What is a Neutral Colour Scheme

Dulux, Top Interior Design Tips for Choosing Paint Colours 10 Tips for Picking Paint Colours How to Choose a Colour Scheme and the Basics of Colour Coordination

Dulux, Browse our Colours

Inspiration for Redecorating Your Home – Video 1

Watch our YouTube Video to get some ideas for Painting a Room in your Home

Colour Ideas when Painting a Room

Click Play To Watch – Or Open up in a larger screen on YouTube!

Sites Mentioned in the Video Series for further help!

Dulux, Using the Colour Wheel

Adobe Colour Wheel

Plascon Colour System Colour Palette Ideas

Dulux, What is a Neutral Colour Scheme

Dulux, Top Interior Design Tips for Choosing Paint Colours 10 Tips for Picking Paint Colours How to Choose a Colour Scheme and the Basics of Colour Coordination

Dulux, Browse our Colours


Please comment below to let us know what you think of the video and anything else you would like us to make content about with video! Thank You 🙂

Plascon Colour Inspiration

Looking for help and advice on choosing colour or ideas for your next DIY Project?

Wonderful Plascon Content

With a range of web sites to assist you, Plascon has their main site

Then there is the trends site, this is something not to be missed with awesome content and advice.

For the periodical magazine they produce, you can check out Plascon Spaces, which features some wonderful content too!

Watch the Plascon Video below for more information:

How to Lay Laminate Flooring

Laying Laminate Flooring

Laying Laminate Flooring

Tools for the Job:

Flooring Tools such as Spacers, Pull Bar, Knocking Block.
Mitre Saw
Snap off knife
Tape Measure
Face Mask
Knee Pads

Easy to lay on smooth flat surfaces as long as it is dry and level. Ideally it should be firm as well, and you need to ensure concrete is fully dried, and any protruding metals are banged in or cleared. You will want to prepare the room by sweeping and cleaning any rubbish. It is a good idea to leave the laminate in the room for 24 hours before using to allow it to condition to the room.

Laminate should be laid as a floating floor and not glued. Ideally underlay should be used as well. Planks should be laid length ways parallel to the longest wall of the room. For a good overview of doing the job correctly, watch this video below from Wickes (UK) for a good overview.


Dulux Splash of Colour in the Bathroom

Dulux Splash of Colour to Bathroom

Dulux Bathroom Painting Design Tips

Outline the colour in your bathroom by framing it with more neutral colours.
Amplify the light in a smaller bathroom, and remember to use mirrors to reflect
the light around the room.

Watch this very quick video from Dulux UK on using a splash of bold colour in
your bathroom space. Some neat quick tips and inspiration to take a leap with
your colour selections.


Build Your Own Pallet Table

Re-Purpose Wooden Pallets to Make Your Own Furniture

Weekend DIY Project with Wooden Pallets

Wood is getting expensive these days, but with so much just lying around and rotting somewhere, there are some great things that you can make for yourself in a weekend project or over a couple of days if you put your mind to it.

The two videos below demonstrate how you can make your own coffee table from old pallets that you can find lying around, never to be used again.

This will save you money and give you some self satisfaction on a job well done, plus you are doing your bit for recycling as well.

Let us know what you think and if you give it a go, be show to post some pictures of your results. Remember that we stock the nails, screws, tools and varnish here at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware if you need it!

Build Your Own Pallet Table

How to Build a Coffee Table out of Pallet Wood

DIY Cement Lamps

Thank you to Homemade Modern YouTube Channel for this Cool Idea!

DIY Cement Lamps

This is a simple yet effective and neat way to use cement and bring something a little different to your home.
All you need is some plastic bottles, some cement and a few items of tools and hardware.

Follow along with this video to see how you can be lighting up your life with a little uniqueness and design!


What Wrench Should You Use

The Wrench Video Guide

from Ace Hardware in USA

What Wrench to Use

Here is a good video from Ace Hardware on which wrench to use and when.
Learn about the different types of wrenches. Find out which wrenches are multi-purpose and which are speciality tools so you’ll know which ones you need for your projects.

Courtesy of Ace Hardware in the USA on YouTube.

Click the Play Button below to watch.


Painted Graphic Effects DIY

Bedroom Graphics with Paint

Dulux Painted Graphic Effects

This is a neat way to get a different look in the bedroom and bathroom of your house. In this quick video from Dulux Paint, you can see how to get a stunning effect using a little paint, great stuff.

Did you do something special with paint in your home? Why not send us a picture or even a video and we will share your wonderful achievement on the site 🙂 We may even send you a special thank you gift for sharing too!

Amazing Marbling Effect

Dulux Marbling Effect Video

In this video you can quickly learn how to create a stunning marbling effect on a painted wall


How to get the Marble Effect when Painting a Room

This is part of an entire course that the instructor teaches for Dulux, but you can watch this quick video guide which demonstrates how to get amazing results. Let us know your thoughts too, and share if you try this out for yourself 🙂


Hot Pot Magazine issue 2 Out Now

Hot Pot Magazine issue 2


Hot Pot Paint Magazine issue 2 is now available to download to our subscribers. You will receive an email from us telling you how to access your own copy.

If you have not signed up as yet, just click this link here to join our Magazine and Newsletter sign up service or you can fill out the form that opens on this page when you view this post 🙂

You will then be forwarded to your own copy once you confirm your email address.

Great deals this month that are NOT available anywhere else, even in our store directly!

Find out more in this months issue, available now.

Dulux Luxurious Silk 5L

Dulux Luxurious Silk 5L currently selling for just R358 at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging!


R358 for Luxurious Silk at Hot Pot Paint Vereeniging

R358 for Luxurious Silk at Hot Pot Paint Vereeniging


For Interior Walls, this Premium Mid Sheen Finish paint with its Supreme Stain Resistance Low Odour technology will freshen up any room. Remember that Dulux also now offers a 10 Year Guarantee on this paint. You can view their terms at for more information, or contact SA Careline on 0860 330 111.

Dulux describes this paint as follows:

Dulux Luxurious Silk has a stylish premium mid sheen finish that provides supreme stain resistance with excellent cleanability and wear resistance guaranteed.

You can apply this paint with a Brush, Roller or as a Spray. Expected coverage in usual conditions would be 8-10 square meter per litre. Takes around 60 minuted to touch dry and you can recoat after just 4 hours.

Steps to Take when Painting with Luxurious Silk


Before Painting:

Ensure that your surface is sound, clean, dry and free from dust, dirt, grease and oil. Fill all imperfections with an appropriate FIXIT filler (also available in Hot Pot Vereeniging store).

New Surfaces:

Cement Plaster, Gypsum Plaster, Composition Boarding, Fibre Cement and Concrete, Prime with One Coat of Dulux Plaster Primer.
Galvanised Iron, Aluminium – Prime with one coat of Dulux Galvanised Iron Primier.

PVC Gutters and Downpipes, sand to aid adhesion and then prime with one coat of Dulux Supergrip.

Previously Painted Surfaces:

Sound and Not Powdery – Clean Surfaces with FIXIT Sugar Soap. Wash down with water.

For Emulsion surfaces, apply finishing coats. For Enamel surfaces, sand to a matt finish to aid adhesion and follow with a coat of Dulux Undercoat for All Surfaces.

Old Paint in Poor Condition – Remove/strip loose and flaking paint then follow with appropriate primer.

Chalky or Powdery Surfaces – Remove chalk and seal with Dulux Bonding Liquid.



* Stir Well Before Use

* Thinning is NOT Recommended

* Apply with Brush, Roller or Airless Spray

* Apply 2-3 finishing coats to achieve a closed film and solid colour.


After Painting

* Remove as much paint as possible from the brush and rollers by squeezing it before cleaning.

* Clean equipment immediately with water

* Do NOT Clean Surface withing 7 DAYS of Applying.


Always ensure you use appropriate safety equipment. Remember that Dulux Paints contain NO LEAD.


Hamilton Brushware Loading Up

If you are looking for a quality range of paint brush, we stock many brands in store at Vereeniging. But the one I want to bring to your attention today is the Hamilton Range that we stock. From Utility to Professional and even Specialist, you can find a great selection of Hamilton Brushes at our store here in Vereeniging. Give us a call if you would like pricing.. 016 428 5525.

There is a great article on the Plascon DIY site that talks about loading up your brush in the correct way, more on that in a moment, here is some shots from our Store.

Hamilton Brushware

Hamilton Brushes at Hot Pot Vereeniging


Hamilton Professional Brushware range

Hamilton Professional Range


To read more about how to load your brush correctly, you can see the article on the Plason DIY site (nice site by the way).  How to load a Paint Brush the Correct Way…


Dulux Colour Matching with Colour Chart

Looking for inspiration or help in painting your room the right colours?


Dulux Colour Chart Video Help

Dulux Inspiration for Colour Charts

This YouTube video below from Dulux is an Excellent guide and jump off point for ideas on how to get inspiration when painting a room in your home.  It actually shows you how best to use the Colour Charts that we have in store from Dulux and will be useful if you want to learn good techniques to selecting colour.

If you would like help, you can ask us in store as well, we are always happy to help you. But watch the video to begin to get some creative juices flowing. Please let us know if this video is helpful to you as well, its good to get your thoughts and feedback.



In the video above, they mention another video about how lighting affects your room, we share this video with you below as well. Feel free to watch after you have finished the video above. Its only just short of two minutes long 🙂



There is also a good short article on the web site on Colour Scheming which is well worth two minuted of your day.


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