Powder coating the wheels on your vehicle can provide numerous benefits, from adding protection against corrosion to simply making them look unique. Whether the once-shiny chrome finish has been destroyed by years of wear and tear, or you simply want the attractive look of freshly powder coated wheels, you first need to estimate how much it will cost to prepare and powder coat them. Read on to discover the varying costs of powder coating rims whether you’re doing it yourself, trusting your wheels to a local auto shop, or mailing them to a reputable company for powder coating. So how much to powder coat rims? Here you go:

Included In This Article:

  • How much does it cost to powder coat wheels?

  • Powder coating wheels using a local company

  • Powder coating your wheels using a mail-in company

  • Powder coating your wheels using a DIY method

  • Conclusion

How Much to Powder Coat Rims?

The answer depends on the size and depth of the rims, and whether you pay someone else to coat your rims or do it yourself. If you’re paying a powder coating company to coat your wheels for you, you can plan on paying $250 – $520 for a base coat for rim sizes ranging from 13” to 26” and styles including standard wheels, wire wheels, knock-off wheels, and racing wheels. If you choose a base coat with a candy or transparent finish, you’ll pay an additional $125 – $260. Adding a clear coat on top will cost you another $125 – $260. If you are mailing your rims in to be coated, you’ll pay for shipping both going to and coming from the powder coating company.

If you choose to powder coat your rims yourself, your costs will vary significantly depending on which tools and pieces of equipment you already own. If you’re starting completely from scratch, you could pay anywhere from $300 for basic tools and supplies (assuming you already have a used oven of a sufficient size in which to cure your rims) to more than $5,000 in order to purchase a large professional.

We’ll break these costs down further in the following sections. 

Powder Coating Using a Local Company

If you want to find out whether choosing a local company will be the most cost-effective option, check out the following sites to help you locate powder coating companies near you. You can compare their quote, which is usually offered for free, to the prices you’ll find at mail-in powder coating companies (which we’ll detail in the next section).

Thumbtack

It’s easy to take a detailed look at powder coating companies near your zip code with Thumbtack. Simply go to the website and select “Application,” and choose between thermoset and thermoplastic. Then select a color, a radius for how far you’re willing to travel, and a date you’ll need the powder coating process completed. Once you’ve made your selections, add your email address so potential powder coating companies can send you a quote based on your description of the job.

Local Pages

If you’re looking for a straightforward list of company names and contact information for powder coating companies in your area, try Local Pages. Use the search results on Local Pages to find a powder coating company that piques your interest; then you can click for more information and get in touch with them when it’s convenient for you, instead of waiting for a company to contact you through Thumbtack.

If neither of these sites provide you with the results you’re looking for, try a Google search for “powder coating near me” to bring up a few options for you to consider.

Powder Coating Using a Mail-In Service

You can ship your wheels to many powder coating companies nationwide. These companies will do the dirty work of abrasive blasting, degreasing, preparing, and powder coating your parts, and then send them back to you. If your aluminum rims have been previously chrome plated, but the chrome is in poor condition, you’ll need to first take them to a chrome plater to have the chrome and nickel chemically removed; blasting off the chrome could damage the actual aluminum wheel.

Be aware that the entire rim will be coated, not just the spokes. Though some companies are willing to powder coat just the spokes, it’s generally cost-prohibitive since the manual masking process is so labor-intensive.

Before you ship your rims, make sure they are padded well (triple bubble wrap is recommended) so you won’t risk damaging them in the shipping process. Check to make sure that your boxes are large enough that the finished, well-wrapped rims will fit in the same boxes when they’re shipped back to you. If you wish, you can purchase all of your supplies from a hardware store such as Home Depot and follow these instructions to ship the wheels in one box.

The Cost of Powder Coating Your Rims with a Mail-In Company

Here, you can compare the cost of powder coating your rims at three different mail-in powder coating companies: Bonehead Performance (offering a military discount), Graub Design & Fabrication, and Streetwerkz.

Remember that you’ll be responsible for shipping costs on both ends in addition to the prices listed below when you’re calculating your total cost for the mail-in option.These companies require between a $35 – $50 order minimum, but this shouldn’t be a hard target to hit considering that the lowest-cost options for a standard wheel — $65 for a single rim 13” in diameter — exceeds any minimum set by these companies.  

Bonehead Performance, Graub Design & Fabrication, and Streetwerkz all charge $20 if you’re selecting more than one color, and if you’re doing a base coat with a candy or transparent finish, expect to pay an additional 50%. If you want a second clear coat (required for all metal or silver coatings), you’ll need to plan on paying an additional 50% as well.

Bonehead Performance

The standard prices quoted here assume a 7” rim. You’ll be charged an additional $2 for every 1″ over 7″ in depth per wheel.

  • 26″+: $130 each, $520 for all four
  • 25″: $125 each, $500 for all four
  • 24″: $120 each, $480 for all four
  • 23″: $115 each, $460 for all four
  • 22″: $110 each, $440 for all four
  • 21″: $105 each, $420 for all four
  • 20″: $100 each, $400 for all four
  • 19″: $95 each, $380 for all four
  • 18″: $90 each, $360 for all four
  • 17″: $85 each, $340 for all four
  • 16″: $80 each, $320 for all four
  • 15″: $75 each, $300 for all four
  • 14″: $70 each, $280 for all four
  • 13″: $65 each, $260 for all four

Read more about Bonehead Performance’s pricing here.

Graub Design & Fabrication

The standard prices quoted here assume a 7” rim. You’ll be charged an additional $2 for every 1″ over 7″ in depth per wheel.

  • 26″+: $130 each, $520 for all four
  • 25″: $125 each, $500 for all four
  • 24″: $120 each, $480 for all four
  • 23″: $115 each, $460 for all four
  • 22″: $110 each, $440 for all four
  • 21″: $105 each, $420 for all four
  • 20″: $100 each, $400 for all four
  • 19″: $95 each, $380 for all four
  • 18″: $90 each, $360 for all four
  • 17″: $85 each, $340 for all four
  • 16″: $80 each, $320 for all four
  • 15″: $75 each, $300 for all four
  • 14″: $70 each, $280 for all four
  • 13″: $65 each, $260 for all four

Read more about Graub Design & Fabrication’s pricing here.

Streetwerkz

  • Wire wheels: $90 each, $360 for all four
  • Knock-off wheels: $50 each, $200 for all four
  • Set of four standard steel or aluminum wheels: $250+
  • Set of four extra wide racing wheels: $350+

Read more about Streetwerkz’s pricing here.

Powder Coating Your Wheels Yourself

Yes! You can set up your own powder coating shop and eliminate the need to pay someone to do the powder coating for you. To figure out whether or not it’s going to be cost effective for you to do this, you’ll need to determine what powder you’ll be using, then calculate how much you’ll need and how much your supplies and tools will cost to get started. Don’t forget about the need to dedicate an appropriately sized oven (one that will fit your rims) solely to powder coating — you won’t be able to use your regular kitchen oven. You’ll also want to think about how often you plan to powder coat other items in the future in your cost-benefit analysis.

After you’ve purchased tools and supplies, video tutorials provide a free visual source for you to learn the process.

The Cost of Powder Coating Your Wheels Yourself

The MIT Powder Coating calculator allows you to calculate not only the amount of powder that you’ll need to powder coat your rims, but also the cost of the powder for the job.

To calculate the amount of powder you’ll need for your rims, you’ll enter the specific gravity of the powder you’re using, the recommended film thickness in millimeters, the surface area to coat in square feet, and the percentage of estimated transfer efficiency (as a whole number). The calculator will give you approximately how many square feet one pound of powder will cover, and the estimated number of pounds of powder you’ll need to completely powder coat your rims.

To calculate how much the powder will cost, you’ll simply enter in the cost of powder per pound, and the calculator will tell you the total estimated powder cost for your job.  

The Three Best DIY Powder Coating Rims Video Tutorials

In this detailed yet concise video, GlassGlowz takes you through the steps of cleaning, sandblasting, hand sanding, degreasing, preheating, and powder coating a set of four rims. The video includes brief explanations of why each step is necessary to ensuring a quality coat of powder and offers suggestions for products and tools you might want to use.

In this video, 610 Garage gives you the details of how the host powder coated his rims not once, but twice. Viewers learn from the host’s mistakes so they can avoid having to repeat their own stripping and powder coating processes. His tips on cleaning, degreasing, stripping, and blasting are especially noteworthy, as are his succinct explanations of why certain techniques are (or are not) effective in preparing rims for powder.

This video thoroughly explores how different types of powder coating products can be used in different applications for projects small and large. Eastwood’s video is a great introduction to those unfamiliar with powder coating, or those hoping to expand their understanding of which products work best for which projects.

Best DIY Powder Coating Tools and Supplies

While you can start powder coating at home with a Craftsman or Harbor Freight powder coating gun, Eastwood’s guns are considered the best purchase for your money if you’re just getting started with powder coating. You can purchase these guns in a variety of styles from Amazon. Eastwood offers a 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee which even allows you to return or exchange opened or used items for a refund, a rare offering from low-cost equipment suppliers. Powder coating YouTubers and bloggers love Eastwood and almost unanimously recommend these products for anyone who’s just getting started. 

Eastwood formerly sold complete hotcoat powder coating kits directly. While these kits are no longer available through Eastwood’s website, you can purchase the low-voltage kit from Amazon. This kit costs about $245 including shipping.

This kit includes one 110V HotCoat powder coating system (a low-voltage powder gun), one high temperature silicone plug, one roll of high temperature fiberglass masking tape, a one pound spool of safety wire, three gun cups and lids, one beginner’s powder coating book, one performance deflector, one fluidizing attachment, one 1/2 pound container of gloss black powder, and four 1/2 pound containers of standard black and white powder.

Since you’ll likely need between two and four pounds of powder depending on your wheel size and intended number of coats, plan on purchasing powder in addition to the Eastwood kit. While Eastwood’s guns are the best thing going for home powder coating shops, feel free to purchase any highly rated powder in your desired color, such as this glossy black powder from Sherwin Williams, sold for $11.99 plus shipping on Amazon. It’s much better to purchase more powder than you need and return some later than to run out in the middle of your project.

What Else Will I Need to DIY Powder Coat Rims?

In addition to the black and white powder and basic supplies that come with an Eastwood kit, you can also purchase a huge variety of other paint colors on AmazonPowder coating paint is generally sold by the pound and usually costs between $15 – $25. 

After purchasing tools and supplies, you will also need to source an oven for curing your powder coated items, since using your regular kitchen oven for powder coating even once will make it unsuitable for cooking food. You can purchase a used oven (from Craigslist, for example) that you plan to dedicate solely to powder coating; depending on the size of your wheels and your future powder coating plans, a standard-sized home oven may do the trick.

If you’ll need an oven for much larger projects in the future or if your rims are too large for a regular oven, you can make your own oven or purchase an industrial curing oven. While neither of these options are cheap, if you’re planning on powder coating large items frequently or professionally, it could eventually pay off to invest in one of these larger ovens for your powder coating projects.

Wheel Powder Coating: Conclusion

Now you know how much to powder coat wheels, be it locally, mail order, or DIY.

If coating your rims will be a one-time project, having it done by a professional locally will typically be the cheapest, easiest way to get the job done. Make sure that you choose a reputable company with great reviews, and you’ll be able to enjoy your powder coated rims for years to come.

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