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    Default Painting Hive Bodies

    I was wondering if there was a faster way to paint hive bodies. I know some use a spray gun and some stack up boxes and use a rolling pin to paint.

    Any other ways?

    I have 30 to paint tomorrow and would like to stack them up and paint them somewhat quicky (I have to work all weekend).

    Any ideas?

    Thank you!
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    Never time to do it right, always time to do it twice.
    Use some old boxes until the new ones are really ready for years of use. What would Grandpa have done?

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    spraying is about the fastest way I can think of, I like the roller as it puts a thicker coat on.

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    Tom:

    I do not mean to do it wrong. I can apply a couple coats on it but I just cant take the time to paint them one by one like I used to do.
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    Old: Do you still need to paint the top sides (like where the fame rests are)?
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    Chef, thats where its hard to find a time saving way to do things, the sides are easy no matter how you do it, but getting paint on the edges takes time. About the only short cut is to use a fast drying paint and crank the heat up.

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    Sorry I was a little rude wasn't I? Roller is good for 30 boxes. Airless sprayer will cover a lot of sq' but more paint is wasted. Primer, cure time, finish coat(s), really though you can change out old boxes easy take the time for proper prep & paint on new ones.

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    thats assuming one has old boxes!
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    Default Re: Painting Hive Bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Isaac View Post
    I was wondering if there was a faster way to paint hive bodies. I know some use a spray gun and some stack up boxes and use a rolling pin to paint.

    Any other ways?

    I have 30 to paint tomorrow and would like to stack them up and paint them somewhat quicky (I have to work all weekend).

    Any ideas?

    Thank you!
    You can get one of the wagner power paint guns for ~60 bucks at Lowes.

    I hang a 2x4 about 3' off the ground and put it through my supers so they are effectively "hanging"

    I can get ~10 supers on a single 2x and put a single coat of primer on them in less than 5 mins.

    Let 'em sit in the sun for 1/2 hour and put first coat of exterior paint on.

    Give it an hour and put the second coat on and you're done.

    Time is money and I can get a lot more stuff done in the time I'm not farting around with a roller/brush

    If you're going to paint your house then spring for the $100 painter that has dual spray tips. They do a great job and save a lot of time/headache
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    Default Re: Painting Hive Bodies

    i don't paint my hives call me lazy but i use Copper Naphthenate and it perserves the wood from rot and wood eating insects. and if you get the brown not the green solution your hives take the cedar look to them. does no harm to the bees just make sure you let it cure 24 hours be for placing any bees in the hives.

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    Default Re: Painting Hive Bodies

    How do you apply the copper stuff? At the time dad has us mixing it with laquer thinner and dipping them. I'm wondering if there is a better or another way I can try.

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    I have a tub set up and filled with it. I take all of my unassembled parts and submerge them for 15 minutes or longer and allow them to soak up all they will take. Let dry for a few days before assembly. It doesn't take that long to dry but also doesn't hurt.

    The only active ingredient is copper. But the petroleum carrier oil needs to be well dried before allowing the bee's to come in contact with it. I typically don't have bees on the wood any earlier than a week after soaking and assembly. And I also leave everything outside after treating. Any rain will only serve to rinse the surface.

    There is also a water based version but it's harder to find and more costly if you have to consider shipping. It's called copper quinolate, I haven't personally used it and have no idea if it is as good?

    Side note: I also wipe clean, any residue that hasn't dried on the surface after a day. If you do plan to paint over the parts, it will not stick if any residue is left on the wood. Wiping and leaving for another day or so to dry will avoid that problem.
    "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

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    I buy it from home depot and its about 4 dollars cheaper then buying it from a bee supplier. I just take a throw away brush apply and let dry for 24 hours and then take out side and let air out a day or two and good to go no rot no wood destroying insects to worry about. and it give you that cedar look too unless you use the green stuff.

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    Default Re: Painting Hive Bodies

    What is the upside of soaking in that copper?


    Nevermind I read back... Slow today. I would be afraid though, the effect it would have on bees. I like natural inside the hive.
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