Re: Seeking advice on a frog and plant rack build
You've got a solid workhorse there, that'll give you YEARS of reliable service if you just don't fuck up the last step - making sure you keep out the water. Fuck that step up and you've got the first signs of trouble within 12 months. No question. So...what are you gonna do? What does success - in 2022, in 2025, in 2030 - look like to you? Water stains, delam, rot, collapse? I doubt it.
Look man, it's a workhorse not a showhorse. Ain't never gonna be a showhorse. I mean it's 2x4s for God's sake. But that is A-OK, long as you don't delude yourself about what it is. It is what it is, and it's not what it's not. You want a showhorse, well, make you a showhorse. You don't have one right now. That's A-OK, you've got a solid frog and plant rack, whose prime directive is to not fail under load. Just keep the water out and it will not fail you.
So - why don't you just get yourself a 1.5 quart kit of Pondshield in a non-garish color and lay on 2 or 3 thin coats? White would be most light-reflecting, and best for plants. And white's a neutral, it'll go with anything else in the room.