I'm a guy and I like pretty hive boxes too. Mine are all Cypress, painted with clear, semi-gloss poly. I would suggest you try lightly scorching your new boxes with a torch. lauri does that and they are the best looking hives I've ever seen.Michael, have you ever had any warp or twist? I have never seen anyone mention it on other threads, so I was shocked when it happened to my boxes. When my mentor seen it he said "It's a common thing" !?! I had the opportunity to have my boxes put in an autoclave @ 185F-200F for 4 hours, now I wish that I had done that.
I'm going to try painting over the wax on the next nice day that we get here in Ohio. Do you have any suggestions on prepping them?
I would like to amend my last statement from my last post. If I were starting out with all new white pine boxes I'd paint them. BUT If I were starting out with all new cypress or some other beautifully grained wood I would hot wax or beeswax/rosin dip them and then not paint them as I really do like the way that they look.
I am female, I like pretty things.