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How to Paint a Beehive Box

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Gary works Hard – Painting Beehive Boxes

We have been busy over the weekend building and painting bee hive boxes. We paint our hives with Boiled Linseed oil, we find this breaths better than paint and it makes the Macrocarpa wood look fantastic.

We saw this great idea on How to Paint a Beehive Box on another website and its a quicker way to paint hive boxes. Without them all sticking together, when you normally do them.

You thread the boxes on a long pole between two scaffold stands; it makes it easier to paint the whole box at once.

Anyway just a quick post to share this tip with you.

Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.
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5 thoughts on “How to Paint a Beehive Box

  1. Looks good. Not sure if you got my message on Ooooby. I’m interested in buying a couple of screened bottom boards. Can you let me know how much you sell them for.



    1. Hi Stu,

      Thanks for your interest in the Kiwimana mesh Board, I will get a price to you soon. We have started using a better mesh that is much stronger. So I will need to adjust our pricing for this year’s model.

      We are also looking at a board to cover over the mesh when our customers use Thymol treatments for varroa mites.

      I will send you an email.


  2. Looking good Gary, nice useful tip there too. I’ll give it a try with my boxes next week

    1. Cheers Grant, saves a bit of time. Shame the weather this weekend isn’t looking good for painting 🙂

  3. Gary, we have moved away from painting – too time consuming, costly and has to be redone every few years. We now dip the whole hive in an environmental product called ECO (from Canada and available directly, or Amazon, or several of the large bee companies). IF the wood cracks or moves, this repairs the protective surface. Dip for 2 minutes, dry for 8 hrs, never have to do it again.

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