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Online Ben Framed

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How often do you paint you hive tops?
« on: December 15, 2020, 07:47:10 pm »
How often do you paint you hive tops?  2-3-4- years?  more often or less?
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2020, 07:49:07 pm »
Almost never. Most of mine are metal.
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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2020, 07:54:25 pm »
Ha good one, I should have ask how often do you paint your wood hive tops.  :grin:
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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2020, 08:17:28 am »
Unless it is a wooden decorative top why would you paint it?
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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2020, 12:28:31 pm »
When I just painted mine, they only lasted a year before they started to mold, so I now paint them and apply a waterproof coating to them as well.  They are holding up better so far, but time will tell how much that extra step helps.   
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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2020, 01:54:19 pm »
The tops get painted every 3 years. I have spares so I just rotate them and repaint, repair,  the ones I take off.
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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2020, 09:30:36 pm »
I wax dip mine.  If they start looking dry, I wax dip them again.
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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2020, 09:10:31 am »
Cover with asphalt or metal.  Never replace or repair.
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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2020, 09:56:18 am »
All the tops here are migratory lids and have galv tin coverings which I paint white to reflect the heat. I expect them to outlast the boxes.

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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2020, 02:30:07 pm »
Unless it is a wooden decorative top why would you paint it?

Wood protection, same reason you may paint your home, attractiveness, and least important, note coverage and fresh starts.  Though wood protection should not be much of a concern as I use Advantec and LP Legacy Gorilla Glue board for my tops, as Member stated, mold does tend to accumulate in my part of the humid South also.
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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2020, 11:15:11 am »
only as needed. So far, repaint ain't needed.
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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2020, 06:54:34 am »
Tin lids that are used as note book, so get a recoat of white each winter to start the new season. some relevant notes are added.
White reflects heat during summer, gal tin is so hot in the sun.

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Re: How often do you paint you hive tops?
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2020, 09:07:15 am »
All the tops here are migratory lids and have galv tin coverings which I paint white to reflect the heat. I expect them to outlast the boxes.
Here we have the option for white aluminum that is used to wrap window trim.  It is also used for bill board signage.  Bends easy and you never have to paint it.  Does not peal.
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