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    Default Can I use a stain on my hives?

    I can get 10 gallons of sherwin Williams Woodscapes exterior stain for $3 a gallon, ops . the salesman thinks that I can use it on top of a primer. I always used a exterior primer and exterior paint. Any body knows if I can use this stain?

    Gilman

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    Heck yeah !!! I have used stain and varnish on hives before. All you have to do is make sure that its totally dry and aired out before using. Just don't put it on the inside of the hive parts. I think its very good looking. I would love to start dipping my parts, but haven't got the set up yet. I love the natural look.
    I don't know what you are talking about when you say it might go over the top of "paint"??? I don't think I'd do that. I guess I don't know what kind of stain you'd be using. Is it some of that stuff that has some tint or color or pigment added? then I could see using it over paint. That's cheap for stain, go for it.
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    Default thank you focus on Bees

    The stain I am talking is tinted, I have already plenty of primer and was thinking as using the stain on top of the primer. Should that work?

    thanks again

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    that will work. just let it dry real good.
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    I don't know...

    Stain normally is used sans primer, paint or anything else. The tinted stains are made to go directly on bare or conditioned wood. Stain is meant to penetrate.

    If you have new boxes give it a try and see how it looks.

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    If it is a solid stain it can be put over primer no problems. Most people hear the word stain and think it can go on bare wood. this is not true. I have been painting 18 years and if you are gonna use a solid stain you are suppose to prime first. Where you been Bleta? You are barely on anymore execpt when I am at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRIMBEE View Post
    If it is a solid stain it can be put over primer no problems. Most people hear the word stain and think it can go on bare wood. this is not true. I have been painting 18 years and if you are gonna use a solid stain you are suppose to prime first. Where you been Bleta? You are barely on anymore execpt when I am at work.
    I've been painting for 41years and you are correct that solid stain will work over paint or primer. I don't agree that you are supposed to use a primer as such, most solid stain is self priming and 2 coats of it will work on raw wood. Acrylic latex solid stain is a good product.

    Eddie

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    My house has solid stain and, from the quantity of primer in the basement, I would guess primer was recommended. I always thought that was because the house wood was old and weathered. New woodenware would not be.
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