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Author Topic: Plastic frames lost thier wax. What's my next move?  (Read 1009 times)
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« on: March 17, 2013, 07:39:47 PM »

I had some hives with plastic frames get completly messed up, (wax worms).  After cleaning them up I realized the wax is gone off the frame.  Do I need to dip them into wax or brush new on?  Can I use them again?  I just don't know. 
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2013, 07:42:07 PM »

Brush some melted wax on and they will be fine. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2013, 07:46:44 PM »

Or dip Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2013, 07:52:55 PM »

Thank you for the input.  Will do. 
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2013, 08:14:51 PM »

Brush is easier with just a few frames and a just a little wax. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2013, 08:25:27 PM »

A sponge roller and a hot wax wave in front of the roller gets the wax in all of the cells and corners. Fast and simple.


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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2013, 09:26:24 PM »

I had my first and last run with a case of duragilt last season.  Ive got several frames that are perfectly drawn out on one side, but the bees robbed the wax off the other side and won't draw there.  Will brushing some wax on that side help encourage them to draw that side, or should I cull that frame?
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2013, 09:50:16 PM »

Duragilt, ya gotta love it or hate it. I was told once they get to the plastic they would not redraw it again. I have some that they did. I guess they didn't know they shouldn't.   But if you have it to spare I would pull that one,scarpe off the wax for yourself and replace it with new.
They need to be out of space before they draw it and they have made odd comb on what they did redraw.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2013, 10:43:09 PM »

I noticed on some of my duragilt that some of the wax was gone, smooth nothing
And when they did draw out wax on a slick spot it was burr comb.
I just brush bees wax on the foundation and reuse it.
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2013, 10:45:29 PM »

I sprayed sugar water on my plastic though there was already a wax coating on them. They drew it out ok. Maybe that would help.
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2013, 10:36:26 AM »

I just put them back in the hive and do nothing to them...
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2013, 11:15:53 PM »

I won't let them into my hives. 
My bees will draw comb up to a plastic foundation and stop right there.
Very few drawn out well.
Every time I find one I give it back to jp for his use but I can't stand the stuff.
Off topic and not the answer your looking for. 
Just my experience.
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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2013, 05:36:19 AM »

Put them between two frames with larvae and they will build them quickly  Wink



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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2013, 07:56:30 PM »

I just give them to jp.  He likes them.
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