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    Ok, so I want to go with the wax dipped boxes (supers and such) in the long run, but until I figure out how to get a boiling tank worth using I have some questions about protecting hives.

    At first everything I read was saying no, but as I read more, I am seeing lots of folks paint both inside and outside of the boxes. So is it ok to paint the inside of the hives with a good high quality exterior paint.

    Have seen some hive bodies in really bad shape that are not that old, but I have also seen some hives being built with scrap wood that is much more porous than pine. (heck I made some nucs from pallets scraps, but don't expect them to last). I am talking about purchased hive bodies made of pine from reliable sources.

    Anyone feel free to give an opinion, but I am interested in folks that has more than say 40 hives or been doing this for more than 10 years want to give an opinion. Not being rude by saying this, just seems from my line of work, that experience/advice given by folks that have significant real experience seems to have parallels with what I see. Some of the weekend warriors have some really good advice that just don't hold water some times.

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    Default Re: painting hives

    Yes, you can paint all surfaces of your hive bodies. Look on the label of the paint can for what type of pigments are used, you don't want any of the heavy metals.

    You may want to look at copper naphthanate soaking/brushing of your hive bodies, they last with minimum upkeep. There has been a study that said it damaged the bees short term memory, but I have used it for 12 years and can tell no difference in colony production or health between it and painted hive bodies.

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    I had wondered about copper naphthanate but didn't know much about it. Does brushing copper naphthanate really help or do you have to soak them?

    Thanks - and you are one of type experienced people I was hoping to get info from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marshmasterpat View Post
    At first everything I read was saying no, but as I read more, I am seeing lots of folks paint both inside and outside of the boxes. So is it ok to paint the inside of the hives with a good high quality exterior paint.
    Where are you seeing folks painting the inside of boxes?
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    several places on videos and on a few websites. Looked like mostly commercial folks by the numbers of hives they were messing with. Especially the ones that are treating the hive bodies with copper naphthanate.

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    I am not an expert,, but all I have been taught is the inside should not be painted,, to allow the hive to "breathe"

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    I agree with George. My mentor has taught be the same thing. I have seen them painted on the inside as well though.

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    People that paint or put "sealer" or " preservative" on the inside of a hive may be well meaning but they are misinformed .
    Bees coat the entire inside of a body with their OWN sealer akin to watered down propolis and try to remove anything you put on the inside.
    Is that contact harmful/bad ?
    I don't know that its bad but it CAN'T be good
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