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« on: March 05, 2005, 11:29:19 PM »

I was asked a question today from a new fixing to be beekeeper, he asked (my packages are coming in 7 days and i havent painted my hives yet, how long does a painted hive have to sit after he paints it before he can put his bee's in the hive), I'm not sure of this question so any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2005, 06:49:23 AM »

Unless your using cresote or something similar,  assuming your only painting the outside, just wait long enough for it to dry so it can be handled.

I have known some folks that repaint their hives with the bees in them.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2005, 12:18:04 PM »

yeah in 24hr it will be totaly dri but in 3-4 hr it will dry to the point you can handle them with no problem.

I use glidden ser. weather paint 3 coats 1 every 45 min to a hr let them set over night then stack them up.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2005, 03:07:31 PM »

Gosh I wish my bees were coming in a week. I'm so freaking sick of winter!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2005, 07:02:21 PM »

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Gosh I wish my bees were coming in a week. I'm so freaking sick of winter!!!


Me too! That's why I'm doing the long drive to Ohio to get mine--I want to see a working, large apiary, and I don't want my girls having to go through the mail I want to bond with them right away!
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2005, 03:30:37 AM »

My water based (latex) paint claims to be touch dry in 30 minutes, have a recoat time of 2 hours, and a completely dry time of 24 hours. This is depending on weather though, and I find the paint still a little soft after 24 hours. After 3 or 4 days though they are fine.
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