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 the wheels is getting more and more popular. In this article, we will go through the pros and cons of power coating the wheels.

Previously we have covered using liquid paint and wraps for automotive applications, and powder coating deserves an article for itself.

We will go down to the core of why powder coating has been on the rise and give you both the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision if it is worth it.

Let’s begin!

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What Is Powder Coating?

What Is Powder Coating

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

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

It makes powder coating easier to apply evenly and also enables get specific finishes to form which we will cover below.

The Pros Of Powder Coating

Powder Coating Car Wheels

Powder coating can be advantageous in many aspects, some of the pros of powder coating the wheels are:

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

While there are potentially a few more pros of powder coating the wheels, we will cover these four points in greater detail below.

Great Durability

One of the greatest advantages of powder coating the wheels is the 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 great protection for a very long time.

Fast To Apply

Powder coating requires a lot of prep work which should not be compromised in any way. If it is, the finish will be flawed, providing no protection.

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

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

Easy To Use

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

This makes it very 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 its friendly usability described above makes it easy to apply powder coating, the finish of the final product gives a consistent result, so all your four wheels look the same.

Painting hard-to-reach areas are also much easier with powder coating, adding a factor to a great, and consistent finish.

The Cons Of Powder Coating

Powder Coating Auto Wheels

Just like anything else, if there are any pros, there must be cons, and powder coating is not an exception.

A few examples of less attractive characteristics of powder coating include:

  • Thick coat
  • Hard to repair
  • Cost

Thick Coat

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

For example, if you have many small details on your rims, they may not be expressed as well as the thickness of the paint removes part of its depth.

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

Hard To Repair

Even though powder coating is very durable it comes with a big disadvantage.

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

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


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

This is not necessarily a con, as it does provide great durability and the results are great.

However, if you do not want to spend more money at once, there are alternatives to powder coating.


Powder Coating Wheels

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

Even though powder coating your wheels have its pros and cons, in most cases the pros prevail.

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

At the same time, there are some cons such as it may be hard to repair if deep scratches occur and professional equipment is needed to powder coat the wheels.

If you plan to powder coat your wheels, you will most likely not be disappointed.

Still, keep in mind the pros and cons listed in this article before you chose to go through with it.

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