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    I am starting my first hive this year. I have painted everything with 2 coats of exterior primer as recommended by our bee club (outside of everything), except I painted the entire inner cover. Is that okay.

    Also for a stand to put the hives on, I have several pieces of 4x4 pressure treated lumber. Can I use this around the bees?
    With Loving Kindness toward all Sentient Beings

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    Painting the inner cover will pose no problems.
    PT lumber is fine for stands.
    Good Luck with your new hive.

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    >I painted the entire inner cover. Is that okay.

    I wouldn't, but it won't hurt anything.

    >Also for a stand to put the hives on, I have several pieces of 4x4 pressure treated lumber. Can I use this around the bees?

    Not IN a hive, but it's great for a stand.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Information from a Queensland bee site actually recommends painting the inside of a hive with primer. While we don't usually do this in the US. It probably won't hurt anything.

    http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/bees/4894.html

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    > While we don't usually do this in the US. It
    > probably won't hurt anything.

    Wow, I'd hate to see anyone do that.
    While modern paints are much less "smelly"
    than older paints, they still outgas all
    sorts of nasty compounds for quite some
    time after the paint is dry to the touch.

    On the outside of the hive, the outgassing
    is dispersed into the air, but inside the
    hive, I'd worry about the fumes for a few
    weeks. Few people get everything painted
    in Jan and Feb when we should get it done.

    There's a great photo somewhere of a guy
    nailing together hive bodies, while in
    the background sits two packages. I think
    that this is more typical than anyone wants
    to admit, but the photo makes me laugh.

    Painting the inside of a hive is not really
    required anyway - the bees do a fine job of
    coating every surface with a thin layer of
    "shellac" made from propolis, and if left to
    their own choices, will maintain their fine
    wood floors and walls as if they were tiny
    little Martha Stewarts.

    Bottom boards are a different matter. They
    are more "exposed" to the elements, as rain
    comes in the entrance, and think of all the
    moisture tracked in by 50,000 bees at 6 little
    feet per bee! We paint bottom boards about
    6 inches into the hive on the inside.

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    Just curious; is it better, worse or immaterial whether you paint hive bodies before or after nailing/gluing them together?

    Lew

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    I don't paint the insides so it seems easier to assemble them and then paint them.

    Since I often don't paint them at all, it would be immaterial to me.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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