One of the key topics for recent has been whether to paint or dip the hives. It was explained this week that dipping would be a better process for a high volume of boxes. It was also pointed out that dipping was a time consuming process (in terms of heating the wax) and a dangerous one, having to operate within 5C of the paraffin wax flashpoint. Painting was therefore the preferred method, due to the low volume of boxes we have to paint, and the safety aspects, meaning we could easily do it at home. The advised paint to use was Woodlife II, but it appears this has now been re-branded. The product contains an anti fungal chemical that is safe for bees. It also has the benefit of soaking well into the wood, thus allowing for painting of the inside of the box. Two questions arise from this. What is the replacement for Woodlife II called? Where can you get it from locally?