If you choose to paint your cedar hive, it should be left to weather before painting. This can take as much as 3 years after purchase depending on environmental conditions, and only once the wood has silvered. For external use only. Water-based paints for protecting and providing durability. Blending into any gardens colour scheme our range of colours can be used on wood and polystyrene. The special pigments ensure a rich colour and allow the texture to come through. 1 litre can.