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    Philip: as stated by several look for "opps" paint. locally lowes it is $5/gal. or if your lucky $25/5 gal. home depot is $7/gal. real deals is often $1/quart. ..the best deal I got was at lowes, Valspar premium with the original $40 tag for $5 less 5% contractor discount less a $5 rebate, they paid me 25 cents to take it, a great light blue color. last summer real deals had krylon exterior white stain killer for $1/quart they had a lot of it for a while. the stain killer is great for fixing up old boxes.... you do not have to equate low price with low quality.... this time of year the opps paint is scarce. be patient and keep your eyes open.

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    I wish I could draw and paint. I would paint iconic album covers on my hives. I.e. pink floyds the wall and dark side, rolling stone's sticky fingers and if I was really artistic, some yes album covers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    Is it wise to use BLACK for the hand and middle finger? May get into some REAL trouble. Better go with purple. lol
    fantastic lol. i only suggested black for contrast purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee Whisperer View Post
    Homemaid - now those are sharp. May I share this with my bees?
    Thank you...You sure can.. I just love them, can't wait for our bees...

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    I started off the same (afraid the neighbors would see and complain) so I painted them using the left over house paint and put them by the house. Nobody knew they were there for multiple seasons.
    http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6d8956b2.jpg
    My nucs I use for swarm traps so paint them camo:
    http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4d5f9932.jpg
    My scrounging for paint is getting bad I, always check and now I have been looking for latex stain to use as primer. Here is the ‘dog poop’ colored hives from last year using $47 Miller deck paint.
    http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...psf2950e48.jpg
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    Something that hasn't been touched on is primer. This is the one part of painting I won't skimp on. Top grade oil primer is all I'll use. The top coat I don't think has near the impact as the primer does in preserving the wood. Most any exterior acrylic paint will service well.
    Regards, Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Something that hasn't been touched on is primer. This is the one part of painting I won't skimp on. Top grade oil primer is all I'll use. The top coat I don't think has near the impact as the primer does in preserving the wood. Most any exterior acrylic paint will service well.
    +1

    I was fortunate enough to get a quart of Glidden Gripper Primer in the color I actually wanted YELLOW for $2.00

    I have put two coats of this stuff, is dat good or do I need to put on a couple of top coats?

    See pictures...... Oh do I need to paint the top/side up of my actual top bars?






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    I agree with you Barry. These are great.

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    Comper;

    That looks really cool; kind of a mix between ranch style and the 70's crisp colors.
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    I an suspicious that some local beekeepers are unwittingly matching their hive colors to the local Porta Potty colors. I was baby sitting this box, it is not my color.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Snookie View Post
    +1

    I was fortunate enough to get a quart of Glidden Gripper Primer in the color I actually wanted YELLOW for $2.00

    I have put two coats of this stuff, is dat good or do I need to put on a couple of top coats?

    See pictures...... Oh do I need to paint the top/side up of my actual top bars?
    Snookie, I would not put my bee equipment out with just primer on it. IMHO you need to top coat it. As for the top bars, I don't have top bar hives, but I don't paint anything that will remain in the bee space.
    Last edited by Barry; 12-15-2013 at 03:27 PM.
    Dan Boylan, At it since 2007 in Pa Zone 6B, 13 hives, 6 nucs, treat when needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    I an suspicious that some local beekeepers are unwittingly matching their hive colors to the local Porta Potty colors. I was baby sitting this box, it is not my color.
    That sure looks like one of your boxes to me. It has those ugly angled hand hold bars you brag about all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DPBsbees View Post
    Snookie, I would not put my bee equipment out with just primer on it. IMHO you need to top coat it. As for the top bars, I don't have top bar hives, but I don't paint anything that will remain in the bee space.
    Thanks Dan

    I'll put a couple of Exterior Enamel coats of this color on it then:}


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    That sure looks like one of your boxes to me. It has those ugly angled hand hold bars you brag about all the time.
    Very observant, but under that ball of bees is branded the owners name. In my generosity I help beginners build their boxes with my special touches.
    Last edited by odfrank; 12-16-2013 at 06:39 AM.

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    I paint 'em different colors to go with their names. It's part whimsy and part making life easy for me to associate the "name" of the queen and her hive stack color. So I've got Fern who lives in a green hive; Iris who lives in purplish-blue hive; and Buttercup, well, you can easily guess what color her hive is.

    My husband asked how many names for hives I thought I could come up with. I had already Googled for "girls names of flowers", so I had a ready answer: there are dozens of them.

    Next Spring I'm planning on welcoming Rose, Bluebell, Daisy, Dusty (Miller) and Lily. If I'm still mad for bees, then the following year: Ivy, Holly, Marigold, Petunia and Violet.

    I haven't planned any further out, yet.

    I, too, love color, and chose my first set of names/colors for how they would look together more than anything. Alas, they have only just in the last ten days been united together but are invisable under the insulation blankets and now, heavy snow. Should they hang in there with me all winter, I am looking forward to a bouquet of hives a-blooming on the hill above my pond. I'll have to play catch-up though because being a new beekeeper I didn't know I'd need supers and shims and ass't other bits and pieces of woodenware. I only discovered I needed them when I needed them too-urgently to paint.

    Enj.

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    After a bit of research, I used Eco Wood Protect on my 1 top bar hive. I'll be using it again this Spring on a new Lang. I'll see how it is in 5 years and let you know. I have quite a few neighbors who are equally as hateful of my bees as your neighbor seems to be. I'm in a suburban, "Stepford Wives" type neighborhood. The neighbors just about lost it when they found out I was getting honeybees. Once the bees came they realized that swarms wouldn't be chasing after their party guests, and they've kept their lips sealed. (Although 1 neighbor brought over a small pile of dead wasps and asked if they were mine. hah.) The aged look of the EcoWood Protect helps the hives blend in. Now that we're adding another hive, I may build a small enclosure against the house out of 3 privacy fence panels to hide out hives. I hate the neighbors in our business! Good Luck with your neighbors!

    Another funny story... the little girls next door aren't allowed to cross the property line because of our bees. They ended up with a large ground wasp next in the front lawn where the kids play. It gave me quite the chuckle.

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    everything on my property is IH red...I think the boxes will be the same. The only things painted green are things people try to hide in the corn fields because they are ashamed of them (JD).

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    Hahahaha, Ok Bean; since you are high jacking this thread, some folks still believe that nature is beautiful, and the most prevalent color in nature is what? . . . "Green." The most prevalent blossom is generally assessed to be "yellow." Red is actually the least. In order to be noticed, some things have to be red. The color red obviously has a short lived voice and reputation, as it is the paint color that oxidizes faster than any other; which means you'll be painting a whole lot more.

    JD Green blends with nature in every area, and the splashes of yellow brighten each and every day; like the sun. See, they don't have to be hidden in the barn to preserve them. JD, in the field, makes everything grow better. Just sayin . . .
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    At Home Depot a lot of the time you have to ask them for their mis-tints. They are usually under the counter and usually 5-7$

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    My wife will paint my hives if she can pick the colors. I like them so far.

    yardsep172013.jpg
    Ray--1 year, 7 hives, TF

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