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  1. #1
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    Default Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I went to HD today to get some mis-tint paint. They had several cans of interior eggshell/satin for 5-7 dollars in the white to cream color scheme. I was tempted to get one but I'm not sure the interior would hold up. The only exterior paint they had was a rusty red flat paint. So, is it okay to use interior paint or will I just be repainting in a year. Will red be too dark and make the hive too warm?

    On my way out I noticed Behr had a Barn Paint in white and red which was "oil-latex." http://www.homedepot.com/buy/behr/1-...int-45646.html It says it is livestock safe. Anybody used this before?

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    Old timers say we waste our money painting hives and it is mostly for decorative purposes. They claim unpainted hives last jsut as long. I also buy left overs from big box stores. I take whatever I can get. Best quality paint available and don't fret too much over exterior/interior. I've also started using multiple colors partly for my enjoyment and perhaps it helps the bees distinquish their abode from their neighbors.

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I see that Grand Rapids has a Habitat for Humanity resale store that carries building materials.
    http://www.habitatkent.org/ReStore.aspx
    Call them, and see if they sell paint. My local Habitat store sells paint for $6/gallon or $25 for a 5 gallon pail. I find they usually have some exterior paints
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I Primed my hives with an exterior primer then Painted them with Barn & Fence Paint. it was the cheapest exterior paint at Walmart.

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    Like many this oldtimer paints his boxes with exterior latex that I purchase in the oops section of big box stores. I stay away from oil based because clean up is such a pain.
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    Quote Originally Posted by NasalSponge View Post
    Like many this oldtimer paints his boxes with exterior latex that I purchase in the oops section of big box stores. I stay away from oil based because clean up is such a pain.
    Aside from the difficulty with clean up, is there anything wrong with using oil based on a hive?

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    No other than I would let them air out and dry much longer to reduce the outgassing.
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    If you plan ahead, one will find exterior paint in the reduced price area.
    If not then pay the price or go with the natural look.
    Interior paint will not stand up, it is what it is......Interior Paint.


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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I have Barn Paint on the chicken coop. Does not last long, only a couple of years. On my hives, I am using mistints that I get where ever I can find them. Have a few SW A-100 gallons and one Benj-Moore. The Benj-Moore is their top of the line and I think I paid $3 for it.

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    MAybe it depends on the quality of the interior paint you get. I have some that are 5+ years old that look just fine.

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I don't understand the cheap paint obsession! Okay maybe if it's an acceptable color and grade??
    I just finished my third coat on 20 deeps with Cabots at $35.00 a gallon and more than 1/2 gallon left. That's easily less than $1.00 per box with a brush. I'm not sure you get this many boxes out of a gallon of paint. Equipment and bees are expensive and I hate to save $.75 per box only to have my stuff rot out faster,need repainting sooner or just look shabby. I wouldnt intentionally paint boxes to not match to save a couple bucks, it looks sloppy.

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    Don't take me too serious I only have a couple of boxes older than three years!
    Time will tell I come back to this thread and eat crow if I'm wrong!!!
    The boxes that are older than three years came from another beekeeper and they don't match.
    They are in great shape but they don't match and I want to throw them out every time I see them!!! Hehehe

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    Try leaving some unpainted. I think you will find they last just as long as the painted ones. Painting is more for beautification than preservation so use whatever color pleases you.

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I painted my new hives with an acrylic barn paint that I bought from Menard's. Set the hives out in the pasture about two weeks before the bees arrived. Yesterday, I noticed that the covers had some blistering and peeling already. I would likely attribute the paint failure to my not priming the bare wood before painting it. I will probably start looking for mistints for the rest of my woodenware.

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I use the Behr Barn paint for almost everything that has to stay outside exposed to the element. I do not prime, because it lasts longer then any of the other water based paints. I now even use it for my deck railings, which had to get painted every other year. Now I can go for 5 years without repainting. I'm also using this paint on my hives and just love it.
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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    Nothing at all wrong with oil based paint. I like to use good paint, even if the color is an "oops" color. Good paint = less painting.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I would paint my boxes, but none of them came with the numbers printed on them.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I use top quality paint from the local paint store-Ben Moore paint mistints $5 per gallon.
    1 coat primer and 2 coats paint. Home depot wants $15 and Lowes $8 for mistints. Also, paint does preserve the wood, its not all about looks.

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    If you use oil base paint- when you finish, work some lubricating oil into the brush. The oil destroys the drying ability of the paint and the brush won't get hard. I store mine in an ammo box to keep the oil from making a mess. Next time you want to use the brush, rinse it out in some thinner and you are ready to go. Credit to a sign painter who showed me this.
    Bill

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    Default Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    Blistering is a result of the paint not adhering to the wood. This could be due to several things, incluing oil on the wood from equipmnent, even skin oils can cause poor adhesion.

    Primer helps quite a bit.

    Woodenware that is not painted is far more likely to warp than when painted, and warping results in cracking and opened up joints, both leading to advanced rot. Unsealed joints are also more likely to rot due to water sitting in there, too.

    Protecting the wood from water is the reason for painting, not appearance. Clear coatings work just as well so long as they stay on -- the pigments in paint protect the paint film from UV.

    Peter

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