Sorry Lone im 34 and live in Melbourne...
I can't always understand you gen y's, squid. But I'm booked to go to Melbourne in November. (after americaland)
The only problem with solargaurd is that your super will want to 'stick' to the lid or the base board, so I use oil based paint on the top and bottom edge of the supers, lids and base boards. It makes inspections a little easier when things aren't stuck together by paint. I hope this helps.
That's true Krusty. You do need a good sharp hive tool. But we also use it as a glue and sealer in the joints when making supers.
Primer, undercoat and two coats of final acrylic based paints
Solarguard doesn't need undercoating and primers. It is made for lazy people.
Paint the whole outside and the edges and joins in the inside but leaving a 'window' of unpainted timber so the timber can breathe
I painted the inside once and the bees had quite a job cleaning it up and taking the paint out the door. So now I tend to use a thin wash for some reason I'm not quite sure of.
I use anything on the mis-tints trolley at Bunnings.
I've seen it on special too, and large tins of white. It's a pity I have expensive tastes though and get them to mix up honey tree and beehive colours. The avocado green is a bit dark but it was free.
The fellow who gave me my first hives told me to get the cheapest acryllic paint I could find. After it didn't last and I had to sand and repaint, I then realised why the hives he gave me were devoid of paint. I don't think it matters too much whether you use oil or water based paints, as long as it's tough enough for harsh north queensland conditions.