Beesource Beekeeping Forums banner

paint

  1. Beekeeping 101
    Yesterday I went to the local Sherwin Williams to get some mistints. I mentioned that I was going to paint bee boxes. The guy told me the only type of exterior paint I should use was called “Emerald”. He asserted that all the other kinds were bad for bees. Is this true? Are there any kinds...
  2. Equipment/Hardware
    I'm interested to learn how long different lumber types will last outside in the elements. A common consensus is that cypress and cedar, although expensive, will last longer than cheaper priced pine beehives. If I decide to go with pine, how often will I have to coat the exterior with paint? Any...
  3. Bee Forum
    THIS THREAD HAS BEEN ANSWERED Any suggestions? I would really like to go out an paint near my hive, or even a picture of the hive, but I don't want them honing in on the bright colors and getting sick. That would just break my heart. So what sort of chemicals in paint or thinner might affect...
  4. Equipment/Hardware
    All my hives (3) are stained. The reason I stained my current ones were because they are "garden hives" and it makes them look more nature. But as I plan to expand I'm debating whether I should continue staining my hives or paint them (Note:these aren't garden hives). My question is; What are...
  5. Equipment/Hardware
    I don't have enough space, or a large enough operation, for wax dipping. I learned about it because it seems efficient. Internet people have told me that wax bleeds out of wood, and additives are added to the wax to try to prevent this bleeding. I then thought that perhaps the wax bleeds out...
  6. Equipment/Hardware
    Ok, everyone local here asks me what I use on my hive boxes instead of paint, stains, polyurethane, epoxy, or wax. First, think microscopic. Paints are made to wash off, hence to keep looking clean. The powder is the problem, and a big one no one is paying attention to... Wake up...
  7. Photo/Video Gallery
    Hi, all. I'd like to see pictures of hives that have stains or finish on them. I'm thinking about sticking with the natural-wood look on some of my new hive locations next Spring. I'm open to suggestions, but I'd like to see pictures and a description of what you used on your hives. Thanks!
  8. Equipment/Hardware
    I thought I'd do a little decorating this year by painting some pictures on my hives. Lowe's only had interior latex available in the small "sample" cans. Then I thought I'd just use a polyurethane spray coating to weatherproof it, but the can warned that it could cause your colors to bleed...
  9. Equipment/Hardware
    My husband painted my hives with oil-based primer. After waiting a week I put one of these supers on top of the hive, above a queen excluder, and no bees in it after two weeks. The rest of the hive looks the same, except I think I'm seeing fewer bees coming and going, not sure about that though...
  10. Bee Forum
    There are pricy products on the market for painting hives and there are people who buy them. For some hobbyists expense is not a consideration. If you are willing to spend the money on a specialty product, for example Nansulate, then perhaps you should consider using Reel Wings Bird Vision decoy...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Starting to think about Spring ... When selecting a white paint for my supers, is there any type that I should look for or avoid? Would prefer to use something that doesn't include some nasty chems that may harm my bees or honey. Thanks in advance for any advice!
  12. Bee Forum
    Hi. I am looking for some advice on the safest products to use of new hives. I've been given suggestions such as Linseed Oil, Benjamin Moores line of exterior low VOC paint, etc. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Top