I am working on my new brooder and would like this one to last many years. I am using plywood and thinking how plain it looks and how hard it will be to clean. Should I paint it? I am not getting the chicks for another month. I do have latex exterior paint as well as porch and floor paint. (The porch and floor paint is very durable but takes about 24 hours to dry.) It is 2&1/2 feet x 8 feet internally. I am building it so the base that raises it can be stored inside the brood area when not in use. I will post pics once it is done.