Getting ready for extraction
Fortunately, Kathy found a product which may help us out a lot. It is a clear-coat epoxy called Camcoat, available through many beekeeping supply places. It is a very hard, clear epoxy coating, applied with brush or spray, that is food-safe and can be used to coat metal surfaces, including those with a galvanized finish. In the message boards, some suggest using a vinegar/water solution to prepare the galvanized metal for painting, so I did that. I will give at least two coats, and also in the message boards people suggest waiting about a week before using the equipment after applying the coatings, which I think is a good idea especially considering the humidity and slowness of drying. We will wait probably until mid-August anyway but I sure feel better about using the equipment now. Jim and Beth were happy with the decision as well.