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  1. #1
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    Default Painting deeps & supers

    Would it be alright for me to paint my deeps and supers? I'm using marine plywood to construct my hive and to further protect it from the elements, I'm going to paint it with a waterproof coat of paint. Should there be anything in the paint I should look out for?

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    Default Re: Painting deeps & supers

    Prime and paint with quality materials. Outside only.

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    Default Re: Painting deeps & supers

    Painting the outside of the hives is fine and recommended. I would also paint the edges of the plywood. Painting the inside of the hive is generally frowned upon.

    If you are going to use plywood, before painting I would mix up a batch of diluted Titebond glue to the consistency of paint, and brush it onto the edges of the cut plywood to seal the edge, instead of paint there.
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

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    Default Re: Painting deeps & supers

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Painting the outside of the hives is fine and recommended. I would also paint the edges of the plywood. Painting the inside of the hive is generally frowned upon.

    If you are going to use plywood, before painting I would mix up a batch of diluted Titebond glue to the consistency of paint, and brush it onto the edges of the cut plywood to seal the edge, instead of paint there.
    Yep. This is what I'd suggest.

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    Default Re: Painting deeps & supers

    As already stated, only paint the outsides. Don't paint the top or bottom edges or on hot summer days, they will stick together. If you paint the insides, the bees will cover it with propolis....a waste of time and energy for the bees. The best paint that I've found is "Behr Barn and Fence Paint." Use white or light colors to reflect the heat of the summer months.

    On my English Garden Hive, I used a nice wood stain with 4 coats of varnish.

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    Default Re: Painting deeps & supers

    The bees will coat the inside of the hive with propolis painted to not, that's why you shouldn't paint it -- the bees will do it for you. They will decide how water-proof they want the wood.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Painting deeps & supers

    Quote Originally Posted by psfred View Post
    The bees will coat the inside of the hive with propolis painted to not, that's why you shouldn't paint it -- the bees will do it for you. They will decide how water-proof they want the wood.

    Peter
    I would paint the INSIDE as well - the Philippines is hot AND humid and any timber product in such a climate will last longer if painted really well.
    We paint boxes inside and outside here in the subtropics.

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    Default Re: Painting deeps & supers

    Oh Max, you should be lashed 20 times in public for doing that!!

    ps, I do the same thing.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Painting deeps & supers

    5 a day. I paint 5 things a day every day. freeze the paint brush in-between.

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