Powder Coating Wheels: Pros And Cons

Should you powder coat your wheels? What are the benefits and disadvantages of powder coating wheels? Here's a short guide to help you decide.

Powder coating a car’s wheels is becoming more and more popular. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of powder-coating wheels.

We previously covered using liquid paint and wraps for automotive applications, and powder coating deserves the same attention.

We will get to the main reasons why powder coating has been on the rise and explain both the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision on whether or not it is worthwhile.

Let us jump right into it!

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What Is Powder Coating?

What Is Powder Coating

The main difference from traditional paint is that powder coating does not contain solvent.

Powder coating works by applying charged particles of powder to the surface, which is then “baked” to stick to the surface.

This makes powder coating easier to apply evenly and also allows specific finishes to form, which we will cover below.

The Pros Of Powder Coating

Powder Coating Car Wheels

Powder coating is advantageous in many aspects. Some of the pros of powder coating your wheels include the following:

  • Great durability
  • Quick to apply
  • Easy to use
  • Consistent finish

There are a few more pros of powder coating your wheels, but we will look at these four points in greater detail in the following sections.

Great Durability

One of the most significant advantages of powder coating your wheels is the extra durability it provides.

Powder coating creates a thick, non-porous layer that will protect your wheels from the tough environment outside.

This includes water, dirt, salt, road grime, and more. In other words, not only will your wheels look good, but they will also have stronger protection for a very long time.

Quick To Apply

Powder coating requires a lot of prep work that should not be compromised. If you try to take shortcuts, the finish will be flawed, providing no extra protection.

Traditional wet spray paint also requires preparation work, but they differ when it comes to applying the paint.

Powder coating is easily applied, and the curing time might only take a few minutes instead of several hours, as would be the case with traditional paint.

Easy To Use

Powder coating is an electrostatic process that makes the coating spread evenly without any droplets or other inconsistencies forming.

This makes it far more convenient, and considering that powder coating is compatible with most wheel materials, such as steel and aluminum, it is a great option for giving your wheel a new look.

Consistent Finish

As it is much easier to apply powder coating evenly, the finish will give consistent results, so all four of your wheels will look the same.

Painting hard-to-reach places are also much easier with powder coating, another benefit in addition to a smooth and consistent finish.

The Cons Of Powder Coating

Powder Coating Auto Wheels

Like anything else, if there are any pros, there are usually cons. Powder coating is no exception.

Examples of the less appealing characteristics of powder coating include:

  • Thick coat
  • Hard to repair
  • Cost

Thick Coat

Powder coating provides a thick coat. This is one of the reasons why it is so durable and easy to use, but there are some downsides to a thick coat.

For example, if you have many small details on your rims, they may not be clearly defined, as the thickness of the paint conceals some of the depth.

Also, because of the thickness of the coating, it can be tough to manage the smoothness of the finish. If you have many details where depth is important, powder coating might not be for you.

Hard To Repair

Although powder coating is very durable, it comes with a major disadvantage.

If one of your wheels gets damaged and a touch-up is needed, it can be a big job to repair it.

In most cases, the wheel must be repainted, making damage to the wheel a costly problem.


Because professional tools and experience are required when powder coating wheels, they tend to cost more than a traditional liquid paint job.

This is not unjustified, as it does provide extra durability, and the results are great.

However, if you want to avoid spending too much money, there are alternatives to powder coating.


Powder Coating Wheels

Powder coating your wheels is something that more and more people are doing with good reason.

Although powder coating your wheels has its pros and cons, in most cases, the positives outweigh the negatives.

Some pros of powder coating your wheels include great durability, a consistent finish, and an easy application process.

At the same time, there are some cons. It can be hard to repair if deep scratches occur, and professional equipment is required to powder coat the wheels.

If you plan to powder coat your wheels, you are unlikely to be disappointed.

Still, consider the pros and cons listed in this article before you decide to commit to it.

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Bajro Muric

Bajro is an ASE-certified master technician and car enthusiast with a love for writing and teaching. He writes about anything regarding cars, from common problems and fixes to racing.