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  1. #1
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    Default stenciling boxes

    does any one have better method for stenciling name and such on your boxes
    i have to say this is my least favorite thing to do and i have 1000's to do
    the dripping mess the wipeing and cleaning the stencile after every 10-15 boxes is so time consuming!!

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    Is this for ownership or for numbering your hives? You might look into a battery Operated engraver, or hand router.

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    I paid a thirteen year old girl with to much time on her hands to do mine. I paid per box as I knew she would work slow. She did a better job than I would have and was thrilled to be a part of something. We both won big time on that deal.

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    Try a branding iron...works great and can't be painted over

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    We brand our boxes with a county ID number.As well as stenciling a few hives in each yard.Company name and phone#.Our stencil is made out of plastic,so wipping the paint off makes it simple.

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    we put our buisness name our I D # town state and my phone #
    on every box would be nice to brand all that at once but i doubt i could get one that big our stencile is plastice but cleaning is a pain would be nice to find latex spray paint

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    > stencile is plastice but cleaning is a pain would be nice to
    > find latex spray paint

    Latex has been sprayable for years. I use an airless, which
    requires a compressor, of course, and you have to close down
    the orifice quite a bit from what you are used to with oil-based
    paints.

    Most latex paints need to be thinned with 20% water to make
    them easier to spray. It is a very trial-and-error thing, and
    the amount of water required will vary from brand to brand.

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    Wink I got your stencil, RIGHT HERE!!!!

    Look around on Ebay or somewhere for a used Marsh Stencil Machine.
    I was given one several years ago, and you can crank out multi line stencils by the dozen in just a few minutes.
    I use el-Cheapo black gloss spray paint.
    When the stencil gets to wet after several boxes, big deal; toss it aside and grab another stencil.
    The next day they are all ready for reuse once again.
    If you use spray paint like I do, please make sure to do it outdoors.
    I don't think the vapor is very good for you.
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    If theft is the reason for stenciling I'd consider a
    different method. Just too easy to paint over.

    Branding seems the fastest. Especially the frames.
    But noting is fool proof.

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    Default Airless requires a compressor?

    "Latex has been sprayable for years. I use an airless, which
    requires a compressor, of course, and you have to close down
    the orifice quite a bit from what you are used to with oil-based
    paints."

    Maybe I missed something here. Every airless sprayer I've used over the years, I used to be a painter, doesn't use a compressor. That's why it's called airless - no air.
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

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    [QUOTE=pahvantpiper;337949, I used to be a painter, doesn't use a compressor. That's why it's called airless - no air.[/QUOTE]

    Ya, but Jimmy been know for hot air once in a while.


    Hey... speaking of that, why not a large stamp, I've seen folks do that before.

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    Look into screen printing them. Would be very affordable. I have seen some outfits do that. I think bradshaw apiaries.
    Columbia City, Indiana

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    you can find latex paint in a spray paint can in some hardware stores

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    Default stencils

    Go to a place where they make rubber stamps, etc., and sell stencil supplies. Get stencil ink & a roller. Easy fast clean no fumes hard to paint over ink.

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    You'll have to forgive me - there seems to be inconsistent use of
    terms in play - I was sold a compressor and a set of nozzles, and
    told that a set of specific nozzles were "airless".

    Does THAT make any sense to a painter?

    All I know is, works great.

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    you can use a stencil and a sponge. Wet the sponge and wring out really well. Then dip in the paint and voila. Don't put to much on as it will get drippy and runny just like brushing it.

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    Smile sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Fischer View Post
    You'll have to forgive me - there seems to be inconsistent use of
    terms in play - I was sold a compressor and a set of nozzles, and
    told that a set of specific nozzles were "airless".

    Does THAT make any sense to a painter?

    All I know is, works great.
    an AIR compressor and AIRLESS nozzles is a contradiction in terms- like a round square. if it works, then fine. you probably just missunderstood or missheard. good luck,mike
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

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    Default Painting

    I use a GRACO airless paint sprayer.
    No compressor.
    The paint is delivered to the spray gun under pressure that is generated by pistons.
    I use anti-freeze instead of their product for preserving the washers and other internal mechanisims.
    I may put bumper stickers on the sides of the hives for more identification and advertisement.
    I have my county brand number and last name branded onto the hives too.

    Regards,
    Ernie
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

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    Brands and stenciles are like locked gates.They only keep the honest people out.

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    I use a magic marker one of the LARGE Ones:}
    "Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."

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