Wabash Valley Mfg., Inc.’s 3 distinct brands give you 3 distinct coating material options when selecting your outdoor furniture.

The WABASH brand consists of PLASTISOL COATED tops and seats with Powder-Coated framework, URBANSCAPE is our completely POWDER-COATED option, and GREEN VALLEY offers 100% RECYCLED material top and seats with Powder-Coated framework.  Read below to learn more about each option.


  WABASH

Think of the worst weather conditions you can imagine – rain, sleet, salt spray.  That’s exactly what we’ve designed our extensive line of Wabash outdoor furniture and site amenities to withstand, thanks to their tough PLASTISOL  coating.  These  coated pieces consist of ¼”  PLASTISOL coating, heat-fused and permanently bonded to the steel – that’s 30 times the thickness of paints and powder coatings.  All Wabash framework is coated with baked-on polyester dry powder, which provides a superior coating and appearance (see Urbanscape powder coating specs below for more information).

BENEFITS OF PLASTISOL

  • LOW/NO MAINTENANCE
    • Can be left outdoors all year – no need for winter storage
    • Open design facilitates self-cleaning and discourages graffiti
    • Will not leaf-stain or absorb water, grease or oil
  • RUGGED DURABILITY
    • Resists rust and corrosion
    • Won’t crack, peel, warp or rot
    • Unaffected by common acids, alkalis, salts, acid rain, sewage or sea water
    • Stable, reinforced construction with stainless and/or galvanized steel
  • SAFETY & COMFORT
    • Semi-resilient surface cushions falls
    • Seats are contoured for comfort
    • Rounded edges for safety
    • Won’t splinter like wood
    • Not too hot to the touch in the summer or too cold in the winter

  URBANSCAPE

SUPERB POWDER COATING PROCESS – What’s responsible for the good looks and durability of all our products?  Out six-step Powder coating process.  While other companies also offer Powder-coated products, our six-step process ensures the highest quality and longevity for our products.

Our process exceeds the AAMA 2604-05 (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) test specifications – one of the highest in the industry.  Our coating stood up to some of the toughest test specifications, including adhesion, chemical resistance, corrosion and fade resistance, to ensure that our products will last longer than anyone else’s.

 

SIX-STEP PROCESS

  1. SHOT-BLASTING TO WHITE METAL - First, all of our metal is cleaned to white metal.  We strip it to its purest form using our state-of-the-art shot-blast system.  This process removes all the impurities from the metal, especially at the weld joints. It’s more effective than traditional acid cleaning and also creates a more textured surface, allowing for better adhesion of the Powder-coat.
  2. FIVE-STAGE CHEMICAL PRE-TREATMENT - Next, the metal goes through a five-stage chemical pre-treatment cleaning process.  It is etched, rinsed and cleaned to eliminate any residue, then it’s sealed – further promoting adhesion and encouraging corrosion prevention.
  3. ZINC-RICH EPOXY COATING* - After the pre-treatment, a Zinc-rich epoxy Powder-coating is applied to provide the highest quality of corrosion control.  It works as a prime coat to protect the metal from corrosion before it receives its topcoat.
  4. ZINC-RICH EPOXY  COATING GEL-CURE - Next, the Zinc-rich epoxy coating is cured to a gel, allowing the polyester topcoat to combine with the Zinc-rich epoxy, promoting better adhesion.
  5. AAMA 2604-05-COMPLIANT POLYESTER TOPCOAT - A polyester topcoat is then applied that’s specially formulated to meet AAMA 2604-05 standards for fading, cracking, chalking, gloss retention, erosion resistance and chemical resistance.  This ensures that our products will maintain their beauty and durability for years to come.
  6. FINAL CURE Finally, the metal goes through a cure oven, which hardens the topcoat and completes the integrated bonding between the Zinc-rich epoxy and AAMA 2604-05-compliant polyester topcoat.

 

HOW DOES OTHER POWDER COATINGS STACK UP:

 

PROCESS

OUR POWDER-COAT

TYPICAL POWDER-COAT

1-Part is shot-blasted to white metal

YES

NO

2- 5-stage chemical pre-treatment system

YES

SOMETIMES

3- Zinc-rich epoxy coating*

YES

NO

4- Gel cure of the zinc-rich epoxy

YES

NO

5- A super-durable polyester topcoat

YES

SOMETIMES

6-Final cure

YES

SOMETIMES

*Zinc coating is not applied to aluminum-based products, as aluminum never rusts, so it doesn’t require this extra step.

 

AAMA 2604-05 TEST REQUIREMENTS:

 

TEST REQUIREMENTS

COMPLIANCE

Salt-Spray Resistance:  3,000 hours per ASTM B 117

Yes

Weathering: Color Retention, 5-year Florida sun, per ASTM D 2244 with a maximum 5 E change

Yes

Weathering: Chalk resistance, 5-year south Florida sun, per ASTM D 4214 with a maximum rating of 8

Yes

Weathering: Gloss Retention, 5-year south Florida sun, per ASTM D 523 with a minimum of 30%

Yes

Weathering: Resistance to Erosion, 5-year south Florida sun, with less than 10% film loss

Yes

Chemical Resistance: Muriatic Acid, Mortar, Nitric Acid, Detergent and Window Cleaner

Yes

Dry Film Hardness: per ASTM D 3363 with not rupture

Yes

Adhesion: Dry Adhesion, Wet Adhesion & Boiling Water  Adhesion using the crosshatch method with 0% failure

Yes

 

FAUX-WOOD POWDER-COAT

Uniquely Urbanscape is our Faux-Wood powder-coat finish.  Wood you know the difference?  Nothing compares to the beauty of wood. But let’s face it – you need maintenance-free  furniture that’s as trouble-free and long lasting as it is attractive.  This is why we created the perfect solution with our faux-wood finishes, hand-painted onto our powder-coated aluminum structure.  They give you the beauty of wood without all the headaches, such as rotting, warping or breaking.   In fact, you might have a hard time distinguishing the difference between our finishes and the real thing.


 GREEN VALLEY

Green Valley offers an environmentally friendly alternative.  Constructed with Poly Tuf™ plastic lumber  ( for seats and tops; framework is powder coated steel) custom-extruded from recycled plastics, Green Valley benches, tables and receptacles are long-lasting and nearly maintenance-free.  They also don’t have the drawbacks of real wood, such as fading, insects, cracking and splintering.

Unlike most wood and wood-composite products that quickly fade when exposed to the weather, the Poly Tuf™ surfaces have no wood fibers so they retain their vibrant look for years.  In addition, they don’t need waterproofing, staining or any other maintenance other than an occasional washing with soap and water.