Got some oil on the inside while painting

I finally got my flow hive 2+ assembled and was outside painting on tung oil. I would paint on a coat and then immediately wipe away the excess with a rag. I noticed after I was done with my first coat that there were some finger markings inside the box from when I was handling it and some dripping in from when the oil came in through the joins. I read that bees don’t like anything on the inside of the boxes and to not paint the inside. Are a few spots here and there going to be a problem? Is there a way to rectify this? Thanks!

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Hello and welcome to the Flow forum! :blush:

Tung oil is food safe once dried, so I would not worry about it at all. Within a few months, the bees will have waxed over it on the inside of the hive anyway. If they don’t like something (paint, in particular), they tend to chew it off. More likely than not, they will ignore the tung oil. :wink:


Thank you! I appreciate your help and am glad to hear. Painting was surprisingly more difficult than expected!

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