Once the dovetails are cut, Hoover Hives soak their beehives in wax. The boards are given time to allow the wax to be absorbed into the wood so that the internal grains are completely saturated and protected. The boards are then pulled from the wax and allowed to dry. After this initial soak, they are dipped again into a second coat of wax so that the wood develops the lustrous allure that they've become famous for.
Because of the protective qualities of wax, the beehives do not need to be painted, nor do they need to be periodically waxed again in order to keep the quality of the wood from deteriorating.
Even though the quality of the wood will not deteriorate over time, admittedly the exterior finish may diminish after living through a couple years of harsh elements. If the exterior appearance of the hive is important to you, you will likely want to rewax your hive. This is optional, but you may want to do this every two years after the harvest and before the winter. At that time, simply yield some of the beeswax from your bee frames, melt it, filter it, and evenly coat the hive like you would with normal paint.
To learn more about the process behind the lustrous allure of Hoover Hives, check out www.https://hooverhives.com/product-features/