One of my favorite songs by Tom Petty is from his Highway Companion album. It’s called Big Weekend and years ago I might have desired a weekend like the one described in the song. I’m a little more dedicated to practical matters these days and a BIG WEEKEND is one that I get a lot accomplished.
I need a BIG WEEKEND; Kick up the dust
I need a BIG WEEKEND; If you don’t run you RUST!
Last weekend was a BIG WEEKEND around here. For the last two months I have been preparing for the coming season. Everything has been assembled now it’s time for the horrible job of painting. Painting is a facet of beekeeping I don’t particularly like. It’s right up there with frame building. The fact that I dislike both of these procedures increases my desire to do a good job when I am working on these tasks. If done correctly both frame building and painting lead to years of product use without the need for maintenance. Doing things right the first time is efficient especially when you dislike the task. By getting this stuff out of the way I can focus on the fun part of beekeeping, CATCHING SWARMS!
This was my first opportunity to use the Wagner paint sprayer. It was a process improvement and made a much more efficient use of time. Particularly when it comes to painting handholds. I also noticed that even though the sprayer did take some time to clean up I believe that it was totally offset by how much more quickly I was able to apply product. The method I used was to apply the primer with the sprayer then used a roller to even everything out.
Last weekend was just the primer session. Everything was coated with a high quality oil based exterior primer. I’m gonna need at least TWO more big weekends. Two coats of paint will be applied to everything that is white in these pictures. The painting will be (as always) 100% acrylic latex exterior. This combination has served me well over the years. I have a lot of equipment that was painted 7 years ago that is still in service and has NOT needed a touch-up coat.
Are your traps built?
Is your painting done?
What method do you use for paint application?