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I have made a small nuc and had intended on sanding the old paint off before assembling it. However, I didn't, thinking I could do it later. Now I'm finding it difficult to get the paint sanded to the wood.

My main question is: how important is it that the inside of the hives are not painted? What about older painted boards. What exactly is the problem- does it affect the bees?

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I don't paint the insides. Usually the bees propolize them pretty good in a season or so. I know some folks do for a variety of reasons but if you don't paint them, don't sweat it in my book.
 

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Sr. Tanya: I do not know why it would cause any harm. I suppose if you are looking for worst-case scenarios, you could worry about lead-based paint, which has been banned since 1978. I think there are two main reasons people do not paint the interior of boxes: (1) they believe the raw wood encourages the bees to propolize the walls to create a more hygenic/antimicrobial environment and (2) the normal heightened sensitivity many beekeepers have toward adding any chemical or compound to a hive.

Neither of these reasons give me any cause for concern. If I were in your position, and had painted interior walls of otherwise useful equipment, I would definitely use them with no worries.

But we are all different.
 

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Thanks for the reassurances. I don't paint my normal hive boxes but these were scraps in the carpenter shop I was putting to good use.
 
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