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  1. #1
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    Default Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I cannot find a clear cut answer in my research, but was wondering if this part of the bottom board (top of the bottom board) should be painted? Of if the "lip" of the entrance should be painted? I have painted the "bottom" of the bottom board of course, but the "top" portion is not painted since its technically "inside" the hive except for the lip portion (landing entrance). I know that there are a lot of chemicals in paint and people mention not to expose painted surfaces to bees.

    Can someone shed some light?


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  2. #2
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    Nov 2011
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I paint all wood surfaces that are exposed to sunlight/weather.

    I am confident that whether you choose to paint the inside of the hive or not, modern paint is safe for bees.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  3. #3
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    Lake Worth, Florida, USA
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    Default Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I'd paint it and I do.
    South Florida, 9 hives, TF, foundation free, slatted racks, bottom entrances, zone 10b

  4. #4
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    Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee
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    Default Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I paint that area of the bb. -james

  5. #5
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    Gladys, VA
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    Default Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I paint the entire bottom board on all my hives. For me it's easier to clean-up in Spring. On one of my hives I painted the entire inside and outside of every piece just to see what happens. So far (one year later) the hive is doing fine. I think the key is to make sure the paint is completely dry and it has time to air all the fumes out.
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    Joe

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    paint it!

  7. #7
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    Orange county, ny
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    Default Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I painted it, because I looked at google images and a majority of the hives in the pics were painted.

  8. #8
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    hendersonville nc usa
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    Default Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I paint all of the bottom board, inside and out

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