I would like to know whether it is advisable to paint the top and bottom edges of hive bodies or leave them natural wood. I have been using semi-gloss paint which tends to make them stick together. I figured it would be good to paint them to preserve the wood, but was wondering what the convention wisdom is on it.
I was also wondering whether to use semi-gloss paint or flat. I figured that semi-gloss would resist water better and would be easier to keep clean, but again, I was wondering what the conventional wisdom is on this too.