How Much Does Powder Coating or Electrostatic Painting Cost?

Kathryn Pomroy
Written by Kathryn Pomroy
Updated February 1, 2022
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The cost of powder coating averages between $40 to $600 per part and electrostatic painting averages between $25 and $100 per hour

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Electrostatic painting costs an average of $60 per hour, but you could pay between $25 to $100 per hour. The national average for powder coating parts is $680, with a typical range of $340 to $1040. Both finishes provide a protective and decorative coating that can make your old bike look new again or snazzy up those custom ATV wheels.

Powder Coating and Electrostatic Painting Cost Breakdown

To break down powder coating prices and electrostatic painting cost further, we’ll take a look at what you would pay to powder coat a set of wheels for your car and a bike frame.

Powder Coating

The national average for powder coating parts is $680 but ranges from about $300 to over $1,000. However, what you’ll pay depends on the size and quantity of what you wanted to be painted.

Powder coating is a two-part dry finishing process. First, a colored powder is sprayed onto an object using a powder gun, then the item is placed into a special curing oven. The durable finish can withstand wear and tear from almost anything you throw at it. Powder coating adds a uniform and protective finish to metal products and is a great alternative to painting.

Powder coating pricing varies widely from one project to the next. The bigger the item that you want to powder coat, the more you will pay because there is more prep work, which means more labor. The same is true for powder coating many items. 

This is a breakdown of costs for car wheels and a bicycle frame. Notice the prep work doesn’t vary if you apply one or two coats.

  • Wheels – one coat: $75

  • Wheels – two coats: $100

  • Wheel Prep: one coat or two coats: $25 

  • Bicycle frame with fork – one coat: $200

  • Bicycle frame with fork – two coats: $275

  • Frame prep for one or two coats: $75

Electrostatic Painting Costs

Electrostatic painting averages $60 per hour, ranging between $25 to $100 per hour. The average time to paint one wheel is two hours from start to finish, so you could end up paying $480 in labor alone to have your car wheels electrostatic painted.

Electrostatic painting uses wet paints. It provides a less durable finish than powder coating but it’s easier on your wallet because it usually costs less. 

Like powder coating, objects you want electrostatic painted require a lot of prep work, which means increased labor costs if you hire a pro. On the plus side, materials for electrostatic painting are usually 30-40%—sometimes even 50%—less expensive than traditional painting methods.

How Much Does It Cost to Powder Coat Per Item?

Because the cost to powder coat objects varies so much, you might be able to paint a single barstool, or the whole metal bar on your budget. 

To give you a general idea of powder coats prices, we’ve listed a few common objects that you might powder coat and generally what you’ll pay:

Item to Power CoatCost
Bicycle frame and forks$70 – $90
4-wheeler ATV frame$250
Motorcycle exhaust$75 and up
Vehicle carburetor$100 – $200
Standard car wheels$50 – $60 each
Side chair$50 – $75
Sheet metal$6 per square foot
Porch railings by length$15 per foot
Barstool$80 – $100
Patio table$100 – $130
Patio table and chairs$300 – $430

How Much Does It Cost to Powder Coat or Electrostatic Paint Objects Yourself?

Powder coating is a lot like painting. The process is simple and is actually quite easy to do yourself at home. Powder coating powder and electrostatic paint come in dozens of colors and finishes and can be purchased in small quantities that are fairly inexpensive. However, if you want to paint a lot of items, you may have to purchase an oven and a powder coating or electrostatic gun. 

Here’s a look at items you’ll need to tackle powder coating or electrostatic painting yourself.

Oven

Because you cure powder coating to the metal (or other material) through heating, you’ll need an oven specifically made for powder coating. Ovens can be fairly expensive, and you might pay around $900 for a small oven for smaller parts, up to $19,000 for a large oven. 

If you’re on a budget, you might instead purchase an 1800 watt infrared heat lamp for less than $400.  It can cure smaller parts and is portable enough to roll it into the garage corner easily. 

If you’re really on a budget and only have a few small things to coat, you can always use your kitchen’s oven. But that chicken tortilla casserole you made for dinner will just have to wait!

Powder Coating/Electrostatic Gun

Guns come in a variety of sizes. You might pay anywhere between $300 and $1,500 for a powder coating gun.

Colors

Powder coating comes in a wide variety of colors. Metallics and super durable paints are more expensive than standard paints. On average, you can expect to pay between $10 and $20 per pound.

Miscellaneous Items

You’ll also need a few safety items: 

  • Goggles

  • Gas mask

  • Safety gloves

What Factors Influence the Cost to Powder Coat or Electrostatically Paint Items?

Many factors influence what you will pay to powder coat or electrostatically paint an item.

Labor Cost

How many coats of paint are needed, if there is a great deal of surface prep required, and painting many objects all add to the cost of labor.

Size of Item(s)

The larger the object or objects you need painted, the more it will cost. For instance, if you want to paint a large metal table, you might pay as much as $125.  But if your garden gnome needs a touch-up, you might only pay $15.

Your Choice of Paint

There are a variety of paints you can use to powder coat an object. Most cost between $10 to $20 per pound. Special paints, like metallic and super heavy-duty coatings will add about $5 to $10 more to your overall costs. If you special order paint, expect to pay extra.  

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FAQs About Powder Coating or Electrostatic Painting Items

Is powder coating or electrostatic painting less expensive than traditional painting?

Powder coating can be less expensive than traditional spray painting by a professional. If you’re doing it yourself, upfront costs will be higher than hiring a pro. But if you plan to powder coat many items and use the oven and gun often, the upfront cost may be worth it.

How long will powder coating last?

On average, powder coating should last from 15 to 20 years. 

Is powder coating rust proof?

Yes, powder coating is rust-resistant and durable. It resists peeling, cracking, chipping, rust, and damage due to abrasion. It also retains color and is UV resistant. It is also much more environmentally friendly than traditional liquid paint.  

Can powder coating be removed?

You can remove powder coating with a chemical stripper, in a burn-off oven, or by sandblasting. Chemical strippers can remove most powder coatings in 20 minutes or less. But they are harsh and must be treated with care. 

Powder coating and electrostatic paints go on uniformly and can last for years through the harshest weather and wear and tear from kids, pets, and the ravages of time. Both techniques might cost more than traditional painting, but because they are eco-friendly, go on smoother, and are safer to use, powder coating and electrostatic painting just might be the right choice for your next project.

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