got the stand and hood built and done
bought a ah supply 36 watt kit and built a hood for the light kit, the hood is kinda tall but the ah lighting is so good it needs to be off the tank more than this really but it will have to do for now.hood looks grey in pic but its the same black as the stand the flash made it look funny.
used this new spray paint, vht wrinkle plus for the stand and the hood, neat finish but not cheap 8.00 a can and took 2 cans to do hood and stand.they sell it at advance auto, etc.the paint is gas and oil safe so im sure its water safe to.
really neat finish if your looking for a factory finish look.
the tank rim is painted a differnt color black but didnt want to spend 8.00 on another can of paint and its good enough for me.
put 6 coats of polyurethane over the wood top so its waterproof better than it was. just glad to get it done so i can get water and plants in it later today.
glad im posting this so i can see the plants change 50x over the next year lol
close up of the wrinkle plus on hood.