I will start dipping hive bodies as soon as I resolve my "handle cutting issues". The original handle cut still looks good to me and I don't like cleats. As I only use shallows for honey supers and I don't have to lift alot of full deeps they work for me. My question is if I opt not to paint , how long will the new wood boxes look bright ? The area that I live in (western Oregon) does not often get high temps so I would guess that a light color might not be as important but only guessing.