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Author Topic: Cedar Woodenware... paint or polyurethane  (Read 1405 times)
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« on: December 28, 2009, 10:11:43 PM »

Hi all,

I am about to take the plunge and become a beekeeper.  This being the case I have a very large number of questions.  Here's the first...

I am probably going to purchase cedar woodenware.  Seems a shame to hide the beauty of the wood with paint so was thinking of using polyurethane spar varnish.  However, I live in Central Florida where the summer sun is brutal.  Is white paint my only GOOD choice for a finish to help keep the hive cool?

All comments appreciated.

Regards,

Ed
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2009, 10:36:41 PM »

You can finish it however you like. I don't find different finishes to make much difference in temps.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2009, 10:40:00 PM »

Scott we have to stop meeting like this grin

Thanks. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2010, 08:01:48 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2010, 09:43:37 AM »

A white painted box will be 8 to 10 degrees cooler than a box that is brown or green.  I have never tested a box that is varnished to retain the natural color.
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