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Better quality on the coated apron at right is also evident here. The bending and curving of the metal is more factory-appearing, pronounced, and deliberate. The bare one's metal bends are less pronounced, and it's clear that it's not as well made as the coated panel. Also note the bottom hole on the coated panel is a square factory-correct cut, whereas the bare panel's rounded hole is simply a quicker and less involved cut. It was easier to go with the coated apron.