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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.
Looking for a modern matt finish to enhance the grain and colour of your wood? Need something for the floor which is very hard wearing and is a great floor sealer?
Woodoc 25 (Matt) would be a great choice for your application, but no matter what wood treatment you need, then make us of the Woodoc Wizard available on their web site or drop in store at Hot Pot Paint and ask for some assistance.
We have a great selection of wood treatment products including a large choice from the Woodoc Range. If you need a brush we can help you with that too, making sure you have the right choices for the job.
Remember that Woodoc 25 is designed for indoor use only, so if you need something for the outdoors, then be sure to get some assistance in store. This Wood Sealer works well on wooden floors and stairs and is easy to apply. It Penetrates the wood and bonds with it to form a tough, but flexible surface finish.
Other features mentioned on the Woodoc Site for Woodoc 25(Matt) are as follows:
Nourishes the wood and enhances the grain
Durable and withstands everyday household use
Water and Alcohol resistant
Scratch and Mark resistant
Non-toxic when dry.
A great choice for the indoors, Woodoc 25 (Matt) gives you a wonderful finish and is great value too. See in store for more information or give us a call on 016 428 5525, we are here to help you.
If you want to use the Woodoc Wizard to select the right product for you, then check out their web site here:
Dulux WoodGuard is a great protector for your wood.
The range is designed to suit your needs and comes with interior and exterior options.
No matter the finish, Gloss, Eggshell or Matt, you will find what you are looking for.
Gloss for when you want that mirror finish highlighting the grain of your wood. Eggshell for that low sheen satin style and Matt for a non-glare finish that enhances the grain of your wood.
The range offers a superb finish for soft or hard wood.
For Interior, you can choose from:
Double Life Timbavarnish
A Tough and Heat Resistant Finish. For the interior surfaces that take a beating, be it countertops, furniture, door and skirting, these areas need a
more durable protection. Double Life Timbavarnish gives you that long lasting finish that is stain, scratch and mar resistant. It is available in Clear, Gloss, Eggshell and Matt finishes. It is also available in the Timba-Tint Colours.
Diamond tough varnish giving ultimate protection for floors.
Using water-based polyurethane technology, Floorgard is perfect for floors that are subject to extreme wear in a household, whilst allowing the natural beauty of the woodgrain to shine through.
Extremely hardwearing, stain, scratch, abrasion and slip resistant. Available in clear and a gloss
Providing a silky smooth wood finish, giving that professional quality look. It is a clear sealer for all open grain timber, can be applied to any interior woodwork.
This interior/exterior varnish protects wood beautifully. Wood has its own characteristics and Timbavarnish brings that out. It leaves an attractive high gloss finish without being overbearing. It can be applied to cupboards, ceiling beams and skirtings. Available in clear, light oak, dark oak, teak and mahogany in a gloss finish. Also available in water based technology.
Deep Penetrating weatherproof wood treatment.
Exterior wood is constantly exposed to the elements and severe temperature changes, it needs a deep penetrating wood treatment to stay looking beautiful. Timbapreservative has been formulated to give you the long lasting protection you need. In addition to repelling water, it also preserves and nourishes the wood.
Ideal for garage doors it comes in clear, mahogany, dark oak and lightoak in an eggshell finish.
Double Life Timbavarnish
Protecting up to 50% longer than conventional varnishes.
A big enemy of varnish is the sun and rain. Double life Timbavarnish offers UV protection and repels water, leaving you with a tough, glossy finish.
Ideal for exterior doors, available in clear only.
Check in store at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware, Vereeniging in the Vaal Triangle for a leaflet detailing the range and their uses.
These images do not do the product justice, but you can get an overall idea. In the image above you get a wonderful two tone style by combining Leopards Lair with Beige Sands in the Textured Weatherguard finish. In the image below you can see the other colours (apologies for poor colour display) in the series. With availability in both 20L and 5L at Hot Pot, you can rest assured you can get a great quality job done. Great for the home DIY enthusiast or a contractor who wants to give their client a superior quality finish.
Dulux Weatherguard is a premium choice in exterior coatings with its unique properties of Maxiflex to make hairline cracks a problem of the past. *Up to crack smaller than 0.2mm is recommended). This ensures that minor plaster imperfections remain hidden.
Excellent weather resistance, tough, durable and water resistant. Highly recommended for Exterior walls.
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 www.Dulux10yearguarantee.co.za 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.
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).
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.
* 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.
If you want to learn more about the Plascon Colour Forecast for 2013 or their range of colours with their colour chart, then drop in to Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging to pick up a copy of the Forecast Brochure and Colour chart booklet packed with information and the entire range. We have limited stock in store, but whilst they are available, please feel free to pop in and pick one up.
The product range booklet includes all their products and a great Which Product Do I Choose section at the back to help you pick the right paint for the job. With over 1470 Colours that can be tinted in any one of Plascon’s quality paints, you will not be left wanting on choice.
Its a nicely laid out content is easy on the eye and includes popular products from their flagship range including, Double Velvet, Cashmere, Velvaglo, Wall and All, Micatex, Nuroof and more.
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.
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…
Our team in store are always happy to help and advise you with colours, shades, paint types and more. But you can also check out product guides on the site with links to companies such as Dulux, Plascon, Excelsior and more.
Take the Plascon Micatex for example. A durable water based coating for weatherproofing & decorating exterior walls. You can see the product card here.
Of course, for the best advice, come into our store and chat to one of our team who will be more than happy to assist you.