What do you paint your hives with? Latex paint? Stain? Do you paint them different colors?
I have been going the Ecowood route for a couple of years now with cheap pine boxes. Everything looks ok so far, but its only been a couple of years. Think they would still be looking okay if they had nothing on them. I looked at some past Ecowood threads and there seems to be a camp that thinks its crap and a camp that thinks it is great. So the usual non-consensus on this board. It is just so easy and I am so lazy and hate painting so much that I am praying it gives me some protection. Wood fungus is a real problem in my area, and it is supposed to prevent that. It is a treatment though, not a preservative. Time will tell.We have been using ecowood from what used to be kelleys. Have not been using long enough to know how well it holds up but the brushy mountain resource hives, which came assembled but not glued (is that why they went under?) do warp a bit....
Iinseed oil has no UV protection. That’s why pigment was all is add to it Historically. Or other things to turn it into varnishes. Speaking as a painting contractor/ muzzleloader builderWell. The linseed oil is a common wood treatment. But yea I'm with ya if it would leave residue any amount of time.
I will say that is the best paint I have bought it holds up really wellOne coat of primer.
Two coats of Behr 5050.
This holds up as long as the wood lasts:
Exterior Semi-Gloss Enamel Paint | BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® | Behr Pro
I use Pure Tung Oil. A good coating of tung oil converts the top 1/16 inch of the wood into a hard plastic matrix. I coat the outsides, the edges and the frame rim. The neat thing is that the propolis does not stick well to the oil so it is easy to scrape clean. Plus, the wood is so hard, the tool does not damage the wood. UV does darken the boxes a bit but not much more than a coat of varnish.What do you paint your hives with? Latex paint? Stain? Do you paint them different colors?
Check out Bob Binnie's you tube channel. He has a video that goes over his painting process.What do you paint your hives with? Latex paint? Stain? Do you paint them different colors?
Everything else you wrote sounds like science fiction to me, but I painted my hives with linseed oil for the first two years of my beekeeping, but then permanently switched to a latex-based paint because while the linseed painted hives looked great, the linseed wears of quickly (at least in my damp climate). But if beekeeping is a hobby for you (3-4 hives) and you like painting the hives every couple years, it might work. My hives did fine in the weather with linseed oil. I just didn't like having repaint them every two years.Im kinda wondering if linseed...