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lmehaffey
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« on: April 08, 2009, 07:47:49 AM »

I want to use a Minwax stain & sealer to coat my hives - I like the look of natural wood. Is this a good idea? A bad idea? Most hives I see are painted (white, or some other light color), so I don't know whether I should "buck the system" or not. Advice? Pithy comment? Well-intentioned ridicule??
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2009, 08:04:05 AM »

Paint, Stain, Natural, Etc.
The Bees could care less !!

Why not do things your own way !

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2009, 08:31:23 AM »

Paint, Stain, Natural, Etc.
The Bees could care less !!

Why not do things your own way !

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I LIKE this notion!!   grin
I suppose I am afraid that the stain, etc, might harm the bees -- being new to this, I am trying to err on the side of caution.....
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2009, 08:31:37 AM »

Great avatar Bee-Bop!

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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2009, 08:56:01 AM »

bushfarms.com/Wax Dipping Bee Equipment
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2009, 09:56:36 AM »

bushfarms.com/Wax Dipping Bee Equipment

The Wax Dipping idea is flung out often !!!

This is a great idea HOW EVER !!
Do some research on Wax Dipping Hives; EQUIPTMENT needed, procedure, etc.
I would not recomend it to any beginner with only a few hives, it would not be cost efficent at all in my opinion !!

If you can find someone in your area that does this, they MAY work you in !

Do it your way, and enjoy, it's a hobby !

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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2009, 06:04:15 PM »

You can always not paint at all...

http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm#stoppainting
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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2009, 07:44:21 PM »

That's what I do.  All natural weathering of external wood!

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