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New Site is Now Live

Read on our New Web Site


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,


Our Opening Days and Times March/Easter 2016

Opening Times Easter 2016


Keeping you Updated on our Opening Days and Times for March and Easter Period in 2016

Public Holiday 1pm Close

Monday the 21st March Human Rights Day we will close at 1pm

Easter Weekend 

Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday (Family Day) 25th to 28th March Inclusive – CLOSED Each Day

Re Open for Business as Usual on Tuesday the 29th March 2016.

Any questions, please feel free to ask in store, or call us on 016 428 1113/5525

The New Hot Pot Paint Web Site

New web site for Hot Pot coming soon

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 😉


Christmas Opening Times 2015

Merry Christmas to You

Thank you for all your support throughout 2015, we look forward to supporting you in 2016. Here is our Opening Times over the Christmas and New Year Period 2015

Don’t Forget we are also CLOSED on December the 16th All Day as a Public Holiday



Sundays we are closed as usual, all other days in December and January are Standard Times




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!

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?

Give Away Prizes from Hot Pot Paint and Hardware

Win with Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging!

FREE Entry, No Purchase is Necessary

Easy to enter, just visit our Give Away Tab on our Facebook page here:

Facebook give away




Share the page with your friends and COMMENT on the Blog Post whilst logged into Facebook in order to be added to the competition. That’s it. Nothing else required and you could be winning one of spot prizes of the day courtesy of our kind suppliers. Please visit our terms and conditions page to be sure you can enter and are valid to do so.

First Give Away Draw has Ended. Look out for more announcements in the future on our Facebook Page!

Concrete Furniture Trends

Concrete Furniture

DIY Concrete Furniture

Why not take some inspiration from the web and start a new project (or hire a contractor) to make some wonderful concrete furniture for your outdoor space? There are some wonderful examples around the web of beautiful looking furniture pieces made from concrete. Even our retail space at the Hot Pot Paint and Hardware store here in Vereeniging is cured concrete, and we have had lots of great comments about it over the years since we opened our extended building.

Take a look below at the Concrete Coffee Table Project from YouTube, and just search out more by typing “concrete furniture” into a YouTube search.

Concrete is Making its Play in the Home Furnishing World

If you shop around and look online you will find some amazing examples of great looking furniture made from Concrete. We stock supplies here at Hot Pot too, so be sure to drop by to get some along with floats and other tools you may need for your own DIY Projects.

Outdoor Concrete Furniture

Images are from, and the link to see more of their great content is here! Go take a look 🙂

If you would like some more inspiration from videos, then check out this link to see more examples of DIY Concrete furniture ideas to do as a home DIY Project.

We think that concrete gets a bad rap sometimes, as it can really look impressive and give you something solid to last for years to come, yet still be practical as a furniture piece. Next time you want to do something different, be sure to check out concrete furniture ideas.

New Web Hosting for Hot Pot Paint

Web Hosting Transfer is Complete

We had been hosting with one company for over 4 years, but this past 6 months has been difficult and the service level had dropped quite considerably. We decided to make the move to HostGator, a web hosting company that has many years in the business, offers 24/7 support and comes with a good reputation overall.

We made the move last weekend and during the week and there support was fantastic. They helped us through each stage of the process and ensured via their test system that all was working and functioning correctly. We had a couple of small issues (like email accounts showing as unread in Outlook, but this was to be expected anyway).

Happy with our new web home, we hope to bring you more great content over the coming months including specials, Facebook competitions and more.

Help us out by liking us on Facebook, coming into the store and letting us know how we can improve our service to you.

Thank you for your ongoing support, it is always truly appreciated and we look forward to be of service to you and your paint and hardware needs throughout the rest of 2015 and beyond.

If you are in need of hosting for yourself, then check out the image below or click here. Look for ‘shared’ hosting as this is the cheaper start up option and is sufficient for the majority of start up web sites and business on the web. Make sure you enter the coupon code hotpotpaint and you will get 25% off your first order – sweet!

Shared Hosting


Like Us On Facebook

Like us on Facebook


Help us to Spread the Word about Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging

We truly appreciate you and hope that we deliver the service you expect and want from a local paint and hardware store in the Vaal? Help us to spread the word by liking, tweeting and sharing on social media. Thank you so much!

If you have any suggestions about our web site or Facebook page, let us know, all feedback is welcomed.

Have a great day!

Christmas 2014 Opening Times

Opening Times Christmas 2014

We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year

Hot Pot Paint & Hardware Christmas 2014 Opening Times and Days


Christmas Eve 24th December – Closed all Day

Christmas Day 25th Decemeber – Closed all Day

Boxing Day 26th December – Closed all Day

27th December – Closed all Day


Re-Open on Monday 29th December 2014 @ 7:30am


New Years Eve – 31st December – Close at 1pm
New Years Day – 1st January 2015 – Closed all Day


Friday 2nd January 2015, Opening days and times return to normal.

Thank You and Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Hot Pot Paint and Hardware


Thank you for your Support in 2014

We love serving you throughout the year and helping you to realise new plans, designs, restorations and just making a change to your home or business.

Thank you for all your support this past year, we could not provide the great service and prices if we had no customers to welcome and serve in our store. Have a wonderful Christmas Season and cherish your family and loved ones.

Thank you, we appreciate you!

Super Seventeen Charity Day at Hot Pot Paint

Charity Day at Hot Pot Paint

Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Charity Day

Its coming back! Keep posted on Facebook and our blog for news of the Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Super Seventeen Birthday Bash. Business networking day, family fun, the Dulux Dogs back on site again and raising money for local charity Lifeline.

More news will be posted here soon, and remember to like us on Facebook to keep up with the news too.

We look forward to sharing a great day at the store with you.

UPDATE Monday 8th September!

Its picking up pace here at Hot Pot Paint & Hardware in Vereeniging. Get yourself ready for a great business and networking day and also fun for all the family.

The Dulux Dogs are booked, the jumping castle is ready to spring into action, the local business owners and managers from the 4 BNI chapters are preparing their wares to bring to the day and the Hot Dogs are in preparation to sizzle from Toit Butchery.

We hope to confirm something extra special for the day very soon, so keep peeled, but it should be quite uplifting 😉

See you soon at Hot Pot Paint.

What would you like on Hot Pot Paint Web Site

Let us give you more of what you would like!

We are always aiming to improve our service both in store and online. With that in mind we would value your feedback and thoughts on what you would like to see more of on our web site and our Facebook page.

Would you like to see competitions, prizes, more specific news, video guides on DIY or perhaps something else?

Please give us your thoughts and feedback. You can reach us via our site contact form or by email or you can post a comment directly below this post 🙂

We listened with the WiFi which you can now use for free in our coffee shop in store and it appears to be going down a storm so far. Let us improve our service to you and give us your thoughts on what you would like to see more of here on Hot Pot Paint and Hardware site and Facebook page.

Many thanks

Judy, Ernie, Robbie and the Hot Pot Team.

Price Increases on the way, Save on Dulux Weatherguard

Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Vaal Triangle


Price Increases Coming April 2014

Its that time of year when all the suppliers put out their new price lists and due to this past poor season of fuel hikes, toll roads and more the prices are going up on average 10+% across the board. We have sat around the table to try and make sure we bring the best deals we can to you and keep our prices the best we can. Value and great service are the foundation of Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging and we will do our best to give our best at all times.

A new post will be available around the beginning of April with some examples of our new pricing, but I wanted to share with you one price that if you act fast you can make yourself a nice saving.

Dulux Weatherguard Textured 20L will be up to R 815 from April 2014, but if you come into store for this next week you can still grab a bargain with the R739 pricing we have held on to for many months now. If you need to get some outside work done or you fancy something different on the inside, then take a look at our special 20L price for Dulux Weatherguard Texture in store today, or call us on 016 428 1113 and ask for the deal price on Weatherguard.

December at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Vaal

Our in store video running at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging at the moment. Keep on the look out when in the store for a Christmas Message and our new video for January 2014.

Thank you for all your support throughout 2013, it is always very much appreciated. Without you, we are just an empty store 🙂

Merry Christmas to You and all the best for the New Year ahead.


Please note, any prices shown in the video are valid in December 2013 ONLY and may either increase or decrease over time. Thank You.

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.

Hot Pot Paint November and December Interior Paint Special Offer

Excelsior Paints November and December Specials


Great Savings on Acrylic and Gloss Paint


If you want to do some interior decorating this November or December, then Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Vereeniging have some great specials lined
up for you.

The All Purpose Hi-Gloss Enamel White and Premium Supa Matt Pure Acrylic White 5L and 20L are on Special throughout November & December of 2013.

You can call the store in advance if you prefer to order your requirements to collect, or you can come into store to talk to our friendly sales
team for assistance. This offer is subject to availability and whilst stocks last.

Prices are as Follows:


All Purpose Hi-Gloss Enamel White

5L R185 (std price R225) – SAVE R40

20L R699 (std price R830) – SAVE R131


Supa Matt Pure Acrylic White

5L R149 (std price R185) – SAVE R36

20L R560 (std price R680) – SAVE R120
Get your GREAT SAVINGS today whist this offer is still available.

Volume orders are also welcome on this promotion!

Call the store to reserve yours for collection 016 428 5525, or come into the store today!



Also on Special is the All Purpose Eggshell Enamel at the following Prices:

5L = R185
20L = R650

Great savings and available in November/December 2013 at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware whilst stocks last!

Hot Pot Paint All Purpose Eggshell Enamel Special Offer

Hot Pot Paint All Purpose Eggshell Enamel Special Offer

Dulux Roofguard 20L November Special 2013

Dulux Roofguard November 2013 Special


Dulux Roofguard 20L Promotion


With its 10 Year Guarantee the Superior Long Lasting Roof Coating with Solarflex™ is on special at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Vereeniging.

At just R860 per 20L drum, this special will run out fast! Dulux Roofguard 20L standard colours, whilst stocks last.

Dulux Roofguard is the superior choice for roof protection, offering the best in durability. The unique properties of Solarflex™ ensure that your colours stay truer for longer and that you
are provided with the very best in UV Protection.

Recommended for all roof types, fibre cement roofs, galvanised roofs, cement roof tiles. Can also be used for other applications such as Galvanised iron garage doors, gutters, down pipes,  garden pots and side cladding.

Before painting, refer to the “Best Painting Practice” on

Dulux Roofguard:

Colour Fast and UV resistant

Excellent water and dirt resistance

All Weather Protection.

About the 10 Year Guarantee:

The Dulux 10 Year Guarantee is a mark of the ultimate in Dulux product quality and performance.
TO REGISTER for the Guarantee, please visit and view all the terms
and conditions. Or if you prefer, call 0860 038 589. Please NOTE: Products MUST be registered within
30 days of purchase to qualify.


Dulux Roofguard 20L on Promotion

Dulux Roofguard 20L on Promotion

Dulux Weatherguard on Special in November 2013

Dulux Weatherguard November 2013 Special


Dulux Weatherguard Special Price 20L


We ran a special promotion for September on 20L Dulux Weatherguard at R699.
Due to popular demand we have managed to secure the special price once again for the month of November 2013.

Just come into store, tell us you saw the promotion on our web site and grab a great deal on Weatherguard Textured, standard colours for just R699 per 20L.

Dulux Weatherguard benefits from a Maxiflex rubber binder to give lasting elasticity that enables the coating to expand and contract to prevent the reformation of hairline
cracks on ageing.

Dulux Weatherguard is reinforced with thousands of marble chips. These provide the paint with extra body to form a thick flexible coat that covers hairline cracks.

Ideal as a finishing coat for exterior raw or previously painted concrete, plaster or fibre cement surfaces. Particularly recommended for exterior plastered surfaces where hairline cracks are present,

Dulux Weatherguard gets the job done.

Good exterior durability makes it ideal on homes, high rise buildings, major building projects, flats and townhouses.

Standard drying time is just touch dry in 2 hours and recoating within 4.
Spreading rate is 6 square meters as standard and comes in a great range of colours.

Do not apply during cold weather (below 8 degrees celcius) and wet weather.

To secure your order, call us today on 016 428 5525, mention the web site price and come in store to collect. If you have a large volume order, we can arrange delivery with you too.

Only R699 in Novemeber 2013 whilst stocks last.

Braai Baby

Braai today



Braai Time in South Africa

we just had Braai Day recently and the summer is on the way, so what better time to invest in a new built in braai just before the season truly kicks in.

The great thing about living in South Africa is you can braai just about the whole year, and once you set up a built in unit, you will be sure to make use of your new home improvement.
the year through.

We have a selection on offer at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging from MegaMaster, so you will have plenty of choice.

We also stock wood and charcoal, so be sure to pop in to top up.

Send us your photos and videos from your own Braai’s and we will put them up on our site and facebook page.

Got a GREAT Braai recipe? Send it in to us so we can share with the world 🙂

Enjoy your braai!


Braai is Best




Habitat Bricks in Vereeniging

If you need bricks for your projects either home DIY or for a large contract, then Habitat Bricks will surely be able to assist you. As part of the new upcoming Robbie’s Hot Spot Video series on YouTube, Robbie interviews Habitat Marketing Owner Paul McIntyre.



Some information from the Video:


Habitat Marketing Inteview

Paul McIntrye
Owner of Habitat Marketing

Interviewed by Robbie Reid, Marketing Director of Hot Pot Paint and Hardware, Vereeniging. Habitat supply building materials, specifically Cement and Clay Bricks.

Established in 2002, Paul started marketing for his Father’s company, then in September 2011, Paul started Habitat Marketing which has the Brick division and also a transport company.

Habitat Marketing also supplies Sand, Stone, Roof Tiles, Slabs and more. They moved Premises to cater more directly to their target market as their previous location was great, but did not
see the correct client type coming in through the door.

Now based at Hot Pot Paint in Duncanville, Vereeniging they can assist the DIY enthusiast and the contractors who need bricks and other materials directly from the Hot Pot shop floor. Habitat Marketing is able to supply anything from 100 to 1 million bricks. No job is too big or small with the option to call upon a fleet of 40 or so trucks when needed. Their factories are able to manufacture up to 4 million bricks per day if and when required.

You can contact Paul at his landline, 016 427 7053, or via their web site If you need to reach paul via his cell, he can be contacted on his personal cell phone number, 082 771 8569.

Remember to mention this web site when you call so Paul knows how you found him 🙂

Look out for more from Robbie with the start of ‘Robbies Hot Spot’ coming soon to Hot Pot Paint
web site.

TV Screen at Hot Pot whilst you wait

New TV ads on the screen at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging.


TV Screen Advertising at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging

TV Screen near the till point at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware


We just added some new video content on our TV Screen at the till point in Hot Pot today. Loaded up with some of our great special deals and ads from local businesses such as Climate Vaal, Smash n Grab and others, plus you can see some other video content whilst you wait at our tills 🙂

If you are waiting for your paint to be mixed, you can even sit and relax and watch the TV while you wait!

If you own a local business in the Vaal Triangle and would like to advertise your own business on our screen, get in touch. We have a large foot print through our store each day and it offers value for money advertising for you business in the local area. Just contact the store 016 428 5525 and ask for our marketing department for assistance and we can give you a quote.

We do all the work for you on your design and you get an ad that runs throughout the day from 7:30am until 5pm Monday to Friday and 7:30am until 1pm on Saturdays.

Ads are rotated all day long giving your business continued exposure.

Contact us today, you will be amazed how low the cost of advertising can be in Vereeniging!

Marketing at Hot Pot Paint

We get to have a great time down at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware. Here is a snap shot of our media station set up in the office when we are working on Hot Pot Content.


Hot Pot Paint and Hardware marketing department!

Working on the Marketing at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging


On the left you can see our Video and Media laptop for making our videos, in the middle is our trusted workhorse that we use each day to produce the articles and content, even do a spot of Photoshop work here and there. Then there is the bigger screen on the right for keeping up with our designs and also to watch over the social media set up. The only thing missing in this shot is the iPad that we do some of our basic filming from when its needed. Hopefully we will be bringing you more video from Hot Pot here in Vereeniging once we get Robbie pinned down and making our weekly video spots for you.

Did anyone say Specials? 😀

Have a great day, let us know what you are doing to promote your business in the Vaal Triangle. Even pop in to see us at Hot Pot and share ideas and stories.

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