I like to paint the edge's of my box's for protection from water and rotting but the latex paints these days never seem to dry . Someone mentioned coating the edge with paraffin wax but won't that get soft and sticky in the sun , any other ideas .
Sorry for the confusion , I already painted my box's , the tip I heard was to rub paraffin wax over the painted edge after the paint has dried .I was thinking the paraffin will get sticky also in the hot sun , not sure , guess I could give it a try , looking for other ideas .
I never liked the move away from oil base paints other than easy clean up , these latex paints just never dry , they stay tacky to the touch and when you think there dry a nice hot day comes along and they get tacky again . I'll give the soap a try , thanks .
If using soap, I would choose it very carefully. Many soaps have anti-bacterial additives which might create a problem by killing the microbacteria within the hive that are essential to the bees, especially for fermenting bee bread from pollen. After all, air and perhaps some moisture, will flow through those cracks 24/7 bringing whatever is on the edges into the hive.
I paint my edges, too. I try to get the painting done early enough so I can allow the edges to cure in the sunlight for weeks. Beyond that I just pry them apart and rely on two coats of primer and two coats of finish paint (all over white pigmented shellac) to still protect the wood when the inevitable prying scrapes off some of the paint.
We make our own soap, so there's nothing scented in there. It's just a basic white hard bar soap. Crisco is the primary ingredient. We use it on the hives, edges of the tools, and the like. We make one batch a year specifically for utilitarian uses.
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