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  1. #1
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    Default Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    I need some suggestions on painting over hot dipped paraffin covers and supers.
    Comments are welcomed.
    Ernie
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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    You really have to experiment play with it. I found that I needed to wait a bit before spray painting over. The boxes were just too hot. If painted too hot the tendancy is for the paint to peel off. I was parrafin dipping at 325 F. Really it's an art and I can't say that I've really mastered it. I only tried this technique one year on about 1000 nucs and lids. That was about 6 years ago I think and other than the ones that were painted too hot the rest of them have had the paint hold up quite well. This is a 2 man job. One guy dipping , one guy painting. I used latex paintand even if it felt dry to the touch it still took a long time to cure.

    Jean-Marc

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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    Maybe I'm missing something, but if you've hot-dipped, why paint? Isn't that one of the points of hot-dipping?

    Grid.

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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    Probably wants some colour, but you're right it is not necessary.

    Jean-Marc

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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    The paraffin dipped hive bodies and or brood chambers are too hot on summer days and it makes the bees hang out. Or worse yet, the combs can melt down.
    Ernie
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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    Sounds like sanding a bit,then oil based paint.

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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    Has anyone determined why the dipped hive bodies are hotter? I'm considering dipping and am looking at a bees wax/linseed oil mix or any other combo that makes sense. The phenomena of heat generation has caused me to take pause. Any thoughts that would help me not make a gross error in judgement on dipping? Thanks
    Richard

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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    The hive body is submerged in molten paraffin for 15 minutes and more if you are treating for AFB.

    Ernie
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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    Quote Originally Posted by BRescue View Post
    snip The phenomena of heat generation...

    I don't think it's a phenomena... the wood is simply less porous and has less of an insulating effect.

    They must be colder in the winter as well.
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    The white paint reflects some of that summer heat as well.

    Jean-Marc

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    Default Re: Painting over hot dipped paraffin

    Quote Originally Posted by BRescue View Post
    Has anyone determined why the dipped hive bodies are hotter?
    I don't think they are, mine are dipped & painted and do just fine in the heat.
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