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I recently stained my observation hive and now I have a whole can left over. I am wondering if it would be okay to stain and polyurethane 20+ queen rearing mini boxes and full size nucs.
Does anyone have an opinion as to why I should not do this. In case someone is wondering, the stain is "wheat" colored and it isn't real dark.
 

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Just as long as you want to repoly them every year or so go right ahead, Way to much maintenance for me. There is basically nothing in a clear coat that will hold up to the uv for more than a year.
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Stained my first two hives and used exterior door polyurethane three coats looked fabulous. . . in less than a season both already toasted. . unless you want to do it every season I suggest not doing it.
 

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I am a woodworker and I agree with both of the posts above me, do not do it unless every year you have the time and energy to sand it, scrape it and reapply it.
 

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I just stained my hives, no poly. They are fading nicely, but the bees or myself don't care! I used a red wood stain that was left behind at my old house. I say go ahead and stain them but don't worry about the poly, just wasting time there!
 

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I used deck stain for a natural wood look to my hives. Looks good but wasn't as durable as I expected and it needs to be redone every 3 to 4 years. At least you just reapply, though. No scraping or sanding needed.

It is pretty dry here in Colorado, and I am thinking about going with no finish to the wood. Service life for the wooden ware may be just about the same between a good finish and no finish.
 

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I have some hives I stained black and there holding up pretty well. I did not use any polyurethane .
Some are 3 years old and still look great .
 
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