How to determine powder coating prices in Ireland
You have project that needs powder coating, but you want to know the powder coating prices before you commit. There are literally dozens of powder coating companies operating all across Ireland, so how much is powder coating, what is the right price? Whether you need commercial-scale application, want your rims or wheels powder coated, or are looking to apply it yourself, you have come to the right place.
In this article we provide you with an overview of powder coating prices for industrial, commercial, and automotive applications, as well as a look at the equipment and cost of DIY powder coating.
The factors that affect powder coating prices
Powder coaters will give you a flat rate for more common jobs (wheels, frames, etc), or a rate based on length in metres (for flat, straight pieces) or cost per square metre for larger pieces. When determining the powder coating cost, an applicator will look at the followings contributing factors:
- Pre-treatment and cleaning
An oily, greasy, or rusty piece, or one that still has old paint or uncoatable parts which need removing or masking, will require pre-treatment cleaning and preparation. This may be abrasive blasting or chemical stripping and adds to the man-hours and equipment cost.
- Shape, size, and number of pieces
More unusual and complicated shapes are harder to coat effectively, and are therefore more expensive. You should always check that your powder coater has the equipment and capability required for your particular piece. Many powder coaters use large and small batch ovens, and costs are higher where pieces need individual treatment.
- Powder type and finish
Powders, like liquid paints, come in a variety of chemistries including epoxy, polyester, nylon, and polyurethane. Polyester powder coating is the cheapest option and the more heavy-duty types such as fluoropolymers are at the more expensive end. Effect powders and finishes such as sparkly or matte are also more expensive than the gloss or simple colours. Powders are cheaper by weight in greater quantities; the more surface you coat, the lower the powder cost per kilo will be with about 0.5kg of powder covering about 4m2 of flat surface.
Always enquire about what’s included in the price. Many prices include sandblasting, removing existing paint work, degreasing and standard powder in stock colours – but not always! Usually, the price of the powder decreases as the volume increases. It is therefore more economical to coat bigger projects than small objects.
How powder coating cost is calculated – powder coating quotes
Powder coating is a very popular, durable and versatile coating. One of the most frequently asked questions is; “How much does powder coating cost?” To answer this question it is important to know what you want to powder coat, how many items you need, and what kind of finish you require. Powder coating costs are affected by a number of variables (listed above), but powder coating quotes and determining coating pricing is not a simply a one-cost-fits-all system. A few examples of the different ways to calculate powder coating pricing are:
- Price by quotation – Used with industrial powder coating where there are multiple items, preparation services, or the need for ultra durable finish
- Price per metre or square metre – Powder coating flat items (industrial & commercial) such as steel sheets or fencing
- Fixed price per part – Automotive powder coating is easily replicable so prices are fixed for rims, wheels or parts for and car/motorcycle owners
- Fixed price per item – Furniture and personal items are done by item, based on size
Average powder coating pricing in Ireland
What with the simplicity and versatility of powder coating, Ireland has many companies that provide powder coating services for a range of different fields. You might be wondering “how much does it cost to powder coat rims?” or maybe you are looking for powder coating quotes. You have come to the right place. Whether you want powder coating Dublin prices or the wheel powder coating cost, we’ve got you covered. For Dublin-based powder coating services, see our local Dublin powder coating guide.
To give an indication of powder coating prices, we put together a powder coating price list including the most common items that are brought to powder coating paint shops. These prices are merely indications and not exact prices. If you want more powder coating information, or have a powder coating project and want to be connected with one of our coating partners, take advantage of our 100% free quoting service. Our experts are here to help you find your coating solution, just click the “Request a quote” button at the bottom of this article!
Category Part Powder Coating Cost (Indication) Car parts Gear box casing €85 Car parts Prop shaft €60 (excl. re-balancing) Car parts Axles €200 Car parts Wheel alloys €50 Car parts Bumper €50 Motorcycle parts Brake rotor (disc) €35 Motorcycle parts Head lamp shell €30 Motorcycle parts Wheel rim €50 Motorcycle parts Engine covers €25 Bicycle parts Frame €60 Bicycle parts Forks €25-80 Bicycle parts Rims €20-50 Garden furniture Bench, chair From €60 Garden furniture Gates From €80 Playground equipment Climbers From €200
Powder coating cost for at home applications
If you are curious about the costs of applying powder coating at home, you should be aware of the following expenses. To carry out a DIY powder coating job, you will need some specialist kit and know-how; it is not a cheap DIY project. The powder coating costs will comprise of:
- Surface preparation
- Coating & curing equipment
- Coating powder
Powder coating equipment cost estimates
In the following table you can find some powder coating equipment and their prices. Note that these powder coating prices are only indications, and exclude possible shipping costs. Powder coating equipment pricing is variable between companies and products.
|PIECE OF EQUIPMENT||BRANDS||PRICE INDICATION (FROM)|
|Powder coating system gun||Wagner Sprint X , Gema Optiflex 2, Nordson Encore||€320.00|
|Powder coating gun Cup||Red Line EZ50, Eastwood Dual Voltage||€3.20|
|Powder coating masking tape||Marian Chicago, 3M||€2.00|