This is a twist on the hot-dip process described above. Here the wire deck is fabricated from hot-dipped galvanized wire and coil steel. Since the zinc was applied to the raw materials before they were turned into a wire deck, anywhere where the wire and coil steel are cut or welded the zinc covering is compromised. This finish is comparable in cost to powder coating.
Here the entire wire deck is submerged in a bath of molten zinc. The nish produces the familiar thick, durable matte gray nish that you see on highway barriers, light post, and chain link fencing. This is the most common nish applied to metal products that are used in an outdoor environment. While it is the most durable and o ers the highest level of corrosion resistance it is also the most expensive.
The most common nish for a wire deck is gray powder coating. Powder coating applies a free- owing, dry powder to a cleaned metal part. The part is then heat cured to allow the powder to ow and form a “skin” of sorts encapsulating the part. It is a tough, durable nish. Powder coatings biggest bene t, apart from its cost e ectiveness, is its ability to produce parts in virtually any color. Nashville Wire does create parts in a variety of colors some of the most common being black, white, and beige.