If you are looking to have your wheels powder coated, you are probably wondering how much it is going to cost. The price of powder coating can vary depending on several factors, including the type of coating used and the size and complexity of the job.
Here, we will take a closer look at what goes into the cost of powder coating rims, and provide some tips on how to get the best deal possible. Let’s get started!
How Much Does Powder Coating Rims Cost?
The average cost of powder coating a set of rims is around $75-$100 per wheel. However, this price can vary depending on the size and complexity of the job, as well as the type of coating used. For example, if you are looking for a high-gloss finish or special effects like a chrome look, the cost will be higher than if you just want a standard black or silver coating.
What Affects The Costs of Powder Coating?
There are a few factors that go into the final cost that you pay for your powder coating, which we take a closer look at here:
Size – One of the most obvious factors when considering the cost of powder coating is the size of the wheel. The standard base price usually applies to wheels that are approximately 15″-19″ in size. Once you start going beyond that into the 20s, prices will start to increase.
Condition – If your rims are in bad condition then they may need work before they can be coated. Some places will fix curb rash without an extra fee but if your rims need to be sandblasted and/or stripped there will be an extra cost of this.
Number of coats – Different coatings are going to carry different costs. One basic coat will be included in your standard price but for the likes of a candy finish, or a clear topcoat, you can expect to pay more. You can discuss these options before you get started.
Shipping – How are you getting your rims to the repair shop? If you need to ship them, then you should factor the cost of this into your budget.
Extra work – Most repair shops will give you the price for four rims that are off the car and without a tire. This is because they’ll need to do this work in order to properly coat the rims. If they need to do this extra work, then they’ll usually charge for it.
Type of coating – When powder coating a rim, some places offer you two options of just having the face of the rim coated, including the spokes, or you can choose to have the whole rim coated. Obviously, the full coating will be a more expensive option.
Inspect your rims – Rims in poor condition will need to be corrected before they are powder coated. If you have a sandblaster, for example, or know someone that does then you can avoid these extra costs by cleaning up your rims before the coat is applied.
Give them bare rims – As we said earlier, a repair shop may charge extra if they need to remove the wheels from the vehicle and the tire from the rim. If you can, then try to give your repair shop the bare rims to avoid these costs. Not all shops will charge for this, so it’s best to double-check.
Shipping – Try to avoid shipping costs if you can. The best way to do this is to use a local repair shop, which shouldn’t be too hard to find.
What Will Be The Total Cost of Powdered Rims?
This is very hard to say as several factors go into it. With the information above, you’ll be able to give the repair shop a lot more detail about your rims which will lead to a more accurate estimate of the overall cost.
You’ll need to know exactly how big your rims are, what condition they are in and what type of coatings you want. It’s also a good idea to ask them if there are any additional fees they charge, such as for sandblasting the rims.
Once you have this information, then you can prepare for the true cost. While we mentioned earlier that it can cost around $75 per wheel, if extensive work needs to be done and you have large rims, then those costs could exceed $150 per wheel.
Why Get a Powder Coating?
With these costs, you may be wondering if it’s worth it to get powder coated rims. If you’re not sure, then let’s have a look at the advantages.
There is no doubt that powder rims look fantastic. It’s a quick and easy way to transform the look of your vehicle. There is usually a huge range of colors to choose from and it allows you to express your personality.
The baking process of powder coating application allows the powder coating to fuse together, leading to a process called curing. This newly formed thicker layer adds 3 times to the original life of the wheel. Powder coating improves wheel durability which means it’s a lot more than just a stylish coat of paint.
Intricately designed and complex wheels have areas that are difficult to reach by regular liquid rim paint that electro-static spray powder coats will provide equal surface coverage after the whole curing process.
The initial application of powder coating is more expensive than repainting with liquid paint but the durability of the powder coat ends up saving you a lot of money. A liquid paint-coated wheel will need to be retouched 3 to 4 times before a powder coated wheel is retouched once.
For a basic powder coating with no additional work, you can expect to pay $75-$100 per rim for regular-sized rims. If you have large rims or need extra work, then the costs are going to increase. If you’re unsure, contact the company doing your coating for an accurate estimate.