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  1. #1
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    Default does everyone do this?

    does everyone do this?
    ralph
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    I'm sure everyone does not do this. I use cypress components coated (outside) with 100% Tung oil. I like the natural look and the bees seem to approve too. How long they last is yet to be seen.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    I use CN bottom boards and outer cover rims.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    I'm liking Polyurethane exterior varnish. Makes the boxes waterproof and looks good.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    I was meaning does everyone do this sort of preservative method for coating your boxes
    It says in this book that the copper based preservative is toxic to bee’s so I was wondering what other people use?
    Do people still use a primer then paint over it all?
    Thank you for your time
    Ralph

  6. #6
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    I wouldn't, just like I wouldn't use treated pine. It's likely to get into the honey.

    Making the boxes waterproof is one way of preserving the wood.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    Spar Polyurethane. It is the stuff they use on boats and exterior doors. Three coats. REALLY like anything else it needs to be maintained.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    I use untreated pine, and paint only the outside with a good exterior latex enamel. I have accidentally received copper napthelene (?) treated components, and I won't use them in my hives. They smell terrible, even after offgassing for a few weeks. I have been assured that the chemical won't harm the bees or get into the honey, but it the same time by garage still smelled like CN for weeks after I threw away the components...

  9. #9
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    Spanish Fork, UT, USA
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    I too use a latex primer and paint; on the outside only. The bees will coat the inside with propolis and wax. I am still using some boxes that are over thirty years old. If you keep up on the maintance your equipment will last a long time.

  10. #10

    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    Go to Lowes and get the cull paint that didn't mix right. Cheap.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

  11. #11
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    I am with Slow, every time I am in Lowes I check the mistinted paint section.

  12. #12
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    Default Re: does everyone do this?

    I do not use copper napthenate.
    http://128.104.77.228/documnts/pdf1984/kalni84a.pdf
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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