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  1. #1
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    Feb 2011
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    haslett, mi, usa
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    Default Wax on coppertop?

    One of my bee catalogs says to apply "butchers wax" to coppertop hives to keep the copper shiny. Unfortunately butchers wax is no longer readily available. Has anyone had experience using this on copper or have any other suggestions of a wax or alternative to keep the copper shiny?

  2. #2
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    Apr 2010
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    Columbia, Goochland, VA
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    Default Re: Wax on coppertop?

    How about bee's wax? It is used in all kinds of situations from sealants to bowstrings and candles, and it has a higher melting point than most other waxes you can buy.

    The best part is your ladies supply it free!!

  3. #3
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    May 2008
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    Concord, CA
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    Default Re: Wax on coppertop?

    Another option is to add a patina to make them turn green, did it to my wifes hive & it looks good. Her's is a brushy mountain top.
    Tried to do it to a mann lake top but it just ruined it. not a real copper top.

    If I wanted to keep it shinny looking, Id try a clear varathane type spray.
    Dan

  4. #4
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    Great Falls Montana
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    Default Re: Wax on coppertop?

    I bet they mean 'butch wax' and you get it at old mens barbershops. A butch was a style of haircut. I had one just 47 years ago.

  5. #5
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    Oregon City, Oregon
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    Default Re: Wax on coppertop?

    like KQ6AR said rustoleum clear spray paint from any store
    Honeydew

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