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  1. #1
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    Default Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    My husband painted my hives with oil-based primer. After waiting a week I put one of these supers on top of the hive, above a queen excluder, and no bees in it after two weeks. The rest of the hive looks the same, except I think I'm seeing fewer bees coming and going, not sure about that though. I hope not!

    - Would the presence of this top super for two weeks have driven off any bees? Have I hurt anything by trying it?

    - Do you think if I sanded the paint off the inside I could still use these supers?

    I'm going to take that super off.

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks,

    Anne

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    You might want to try removing the queen excluder first. I doubt it is the paint.

    Tom

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    Oil based paint is not good. You can sand it off and paint with a flat latex exterior, (no gloss). Do it ASAP!!!

    Charlie

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    Don't paint the inside of your boxes with anything. Outside only. You don't paint your frames too, do you? JK
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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    They don't seem to mind painted inner covers (both sides). Find them on it all the time. I use oil based primer covered with latex flat house paint. I don't paint inner covers anymore but did in the past.

    Make sure you get a lot of input before sanding all that off. I wish I had the answer but I will have to watch for replys to learn also.

    Being a painted super at least you will not have to worry about the moisture issue as you would with painted inside brood boxes.
    Try living life with the attitude it's not about what you want to do but what you should do!

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    quick ! .... see if he will come paint all of mine !

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    Oil-based primer is great and long lasting on the outside. It is not worth sanding off the inside. The paint is not keeping the bees out. Bees live in fuel tanks. They certainly do not mind a coat of paint. Remove the queen excluder and spray the frames with sugar syrup.
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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    It's not the paint. I and others have painted ALL sides of woodenware with no problems. Like was suggested, remove the excluder for awhile.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    seriously .. put a top feeder on it , if that will put your mind at ease . they will come up thru there for the syrup ....... i don't think you have a paint problem .

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    If there is no drawn comb above your excluder they will not go through it - painted boxes or not. Remove your excluder until you get some drawn comb and a little stored nectar. Then, put it back on.

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    I was so worried. Nothing worse than thinking you've done something terrible to your bees. This is a fantastic forum! Thank you one and all!

    Anne

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    No way it's the paint & you will learn that if there is not a good enough flow on the bees will not go thru the excluder.
    Many times we will allow the queen to lay in the honey super for a day or 2.
    Then shake her & the bees back into the brood nest, & then install the excluder.
    Bees will not abandon brood & will walk thru the excluder with ease to take care of the brood.

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    Others may disagree, but you might consider dumping the excluder all together. Believe me; you will be amazed at how unnecessary it is! I've never used one and I've never had a problem.
    ...This, and my heart, and all the Bees
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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    It's definitely not the paint. Oil base is good stuff, especially for primer. I've got some boxes that are painted inside and out and the bees don't really care. Like others said, try pulling the excluder.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    I understand the main reason hive boxes are not painted inside is to allow the bare wood a chance to suck up some of the moisture generated in the hive. Make since to me. Never have heard not to paint inside the hives "because the bees don't like it".

    Some have even gone as far as to say don't paint boxes at all, to allow for moisture issues.
    Try living life with the attitude it's not about what you want to do but what you should do!

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    Make your Husband a nice Meal and thank him for being so considerate
    then ask him in the future when he decides to do this random act of
    Kindness
    that only the outsides are what need to be Painted
    Thank Him ,He tried to help you out with a good Paint job

    Tommyt

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    Default Re: Help! My husband painted my hive honey supers with oil-based primer

    I typically don't use excluders either, and I usually don't recommend beginners start out using them. It does take a bit to get the hang of how to properly use one. That being said, I won't tell someone to not use one either. Just be aware that they require a bit of technique to get the expected results.

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