Paint Tips For Beekeepers

Beekeepers often tend to be crafty, handy people.  Sometimes it’s due to being frugal, other times because we like to do things ourselves.  One of the things beekeeper’s often find ourselves doing is paint.

We paint hive parts.  We paint hive stands. We paint sheds and honey houses and all kinds of related to beekeeping things.

It’s interesting how often I get asked, especially by those who also know me as a handyman, how to go about painting.  So I offer you some basic tips that might answer some other people’s painting questions.

For example, types of paint and primer.  Nowadays you’ll mostly find paint with primer already mixed in.  It’s nice and can help somewhat reduce how much paint is bought and used.  The big questions have to do with what kind of paint to get.

First of all, use exterior paints.  They are made to withstand the elements and give outside things longer life with better durability.

So, do you use oil based or latex paints?  Here are some basic rules of thumb;

In regard to oil-based paint;

  1. Use on bare wood (especially, but not limited to: Redwood, Cedar, and Pine)
  2. Use on metal, like doors, cover tops,  etc…(But not galvanized metal)
  3. Over previously painted or even stained surfaces
  4. Also on hardboard siding.  (If it was primed at the factory, still a good idea)

Most beekeepers use Pine and sometimes Cedar.  Using an oil based primer/paint is better for wood hive parts, hive stands, etc…

What about Latex?

There are used for an exterior latex paints for beekeepers as well.

  1. Concrete and masonry surfaces.
  2. Aluminum or vinyl siding, etc.. (like on an out-building, etc…)
  3. Stucco or brick surfaces.
  4. Exterior grade Plywood
  5. Galvanized metal
  6. Surfaces that were originally stained then painted on.

Beelieve it or not, The next most common painting related questions are about what to use to paint with.

When it comes to brushes and rollers, it comes out a lot smoother and a better finish if you use natural fibre bristle brushes or roller covers with oil-based paints.

Latex paint is a little more forgiving and you turn out just fine, maybe better in some cases, if you use nylon or polyester bristle brushes with latex paints.

Brush or Roller?

As with general painting, brushes are better for closer, specific, or detailed work.  I recommend brushes for hive parts and hive stands.

For out-buildings, sheds, etc…  rollers cover a lot more area better.

I hope this helps at least somewhat.  I know beekeepers tend to go with the lowest price a lot.  But if you trying to come out with a specific result or quality, maybe these tips can bee useful.

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Bee Smart Bee Painting Event Paintings

As promised, there are photos here of the paintings that were made on Saturday January 14th during the Bee Creative event we held at Cheers Paint & Sip studio.

We love all the paintings and we love that people came out to have some fun in the name of bees.  Beelieve it or not, only two of the people in the group are beekeepers themselves.  The others are either indirectly involved or not at all which made things even more fun.

The event was dedicated to the Rusty Patched Bumblebee as it had just been added to the Endangered Species List on January 10th.  It was fitting that the painting was of a bumblebee.

Without further ado, I present to you the very encouraging work of our Apicultural Artists.

We Bee Painting

We had a great time doing bee themed paintings at the event this past Saturday at Cheers Paint and Sip in Omaha, NE.  The painting was of a bumblebee in a field of flowers (for most of us, others got uber-creative) which we dedicated to the Rusty Patched Bumblebees which were recently placed on the Endangered Species list.

Here is a photo of our participants and their excellent works of art.  One of their paintings will grace the header photo of this website for the month of February.  The video and results post will be out soon so you can see all the creative fun that was had in the name of bees.

Image by Heather Bell of Cheers Paint & Sip

Bee Smart Presents…Bee Creative at Cheers Paint and Sip in Omaha, NE

What

Bee an artist!  The Bee Smart project wants to do more than just provide people with information.  We want to share experiences.  One of the best ways to create unique bee related experiences is to stimulate the creative flow within people.

When

On Saturday January 14th from 1 to 4 pm as part of a unique arrangement set-up with an equally unique local small business, Bee Smart is excited to present to everyone and anyone interested in bees, beekeepers and beekeeping a chance to bee creative and share this truly awesome opportunity.

Where

Cheers Paint and Sip is a terrific little place doen the street from Lo Sole Mio Restaurant at 3052 S 32 St.  Heather and her talented, friendly helpers will bee ready and waiting to help you bee an artist and have a great time.

How

As part of a select special event and at a very special rate just for our patrons, friends and supporters (only $20.00 per person and you get to take your painting home with you!), we invite you to come and create a bee themed painting while you relax with a special beverage (there is an open bar for our wine and spirits appreciating friends Participants MUST bee 18 or older to participate and coffee, tea and other beverages on hand.  The bar is a cash bar so bee prepared).  You do NOT have to be a beekeeper to participate in this special activity, you just have to love and support bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

The creative specialists at Cheers will see to it that you have a great time and leave with a bee-autiful piece of art that you make yourself.  All the while, the Bee Smart camera will be rolling to share the experience on one of our unique video show presentations.  (Don’t bee worried, if you don’t want to bee on camera, you don’t have to)  One of the undoubtedly incredible paintings will be chosen to bee the Image of The Month for February 2017 on this Bee Smart website.

The original painting you will bee making your own version of looks like the one below…

image courtesy of Cheers Paint and Sip. All rights reserved.

Please go to: Cheers Paint and Sip Registration page to save spaces for you and your beemigos to enjoy some painting, some wine (or not) and a lot of fun.  Spaces are limited.

The activity starts exactly at 1:00 pm so please bee prepared to arrive a little early to get settled in and ready to relax.