I paint my hives, but if you like the natural look Cabots is really good. There Australian timber oil is a great product. Be careful with rags. There is always a spontaneous combustion risk with any product like these. Just my 2 bits.
I just painted a screened bottom board and hive top feeder with TWS. I read the directions first and it did not mention that any of the ingredients were any type of insecticide so I used it. The only problem that I can see is that it may take some time for it to cure ( all the volites to evaporate) otherwise I think it's good to go. I have an English garden hive that I plan to stain and use the TWS as a cover coat.
Try boiled Linseed Oil. The only problem with it is nothing will really stick to it. I just finished my bee vac and put the linseed oil on the outside. To stop the air leaks between the hive bodies, I tried to use duct tape. Worked for a while but then even the duct tape couldn't stick.
If I could post photos here Do to the fact I don't use photobucket ect.. I could show you my hives I use Jasco termin brown wood preserve makes my hives look great. i know I should not promote a nother site but If pm me I will direct you to see some of my hives.
I just use TWS on some new nucs and it was so easy I liked it! I did put some bees in one after about 3 days and it didn't seem to dried out yet and they are doing good. The other ones are still sitting outside drying and after 2 weeks they still feel oily but I put one on a trapout this morning so we'll see if they like it.
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