The graphite finish is matte, a little grainy like a small orange peel finish, and not super dark if your trying to pass it off as black like I was hoping to do. It's a true lead pencil graphite, charcoal and dark, but not that dark. The welding where the front piece hits the back piece at the sides is decent but not a perfect, not perfectly straight, so don't expect perfection. The finish on the screws is slightly chipped off exposing the silver screw base metal. So you will have to find some touch up paint if the manufacturer doesn't supply it. Confirmed to be 9" deep, not 12". It's heavy, so you need to screw into studs. Read the questions and answers for more info. It's a decent product overall.
We were impressed by the heavy gauge metal used in this hanging rack. It was also fairly easy to assemble, although it is worth noting that the instructions did not match the hardware: there is no threaded hole at the top of each support "fork" - instead, the bolt screws into a lock washer and nut. The hardware came complete, so it was possible to figure out what to do without the instructions. The rack also looks great. I would make two changes were I engineering this product. First, I would make it possible to hang it in a fixed position, rather than swinging on its hooks. As it is, whenever you remove a pot, the whole rack swings for a while. And I would make it possible to fix the smaller hooks from which the individual pots hang - as they are, it is sometimes frustrating to try to pass the hole in the handle over the hook only to have the hook bounce off the handle and swing for a bit. Not great when you're in a big hurry, but for normal situations it works just fine.
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