My first car had a lot of admirers. Anybody might wonder how an old model car could have many admirers, even at first sight. Well, let me say I made it look irresistible. Nowadays, many people use different methods to make their vehicles look attractive.
These methods include glass tinting, car painting, and many more. Not everyone loves to tint their glasses, primarily due to government restrictions. However, everyone would love to paint their car with their best colors. In most cases, people buy already-painted cars.
What if I told you your car is not completely attractive if you leave the tire rims without paint? Your car rims are as crucial as every other part of your car. When people look at a vehicle, tires are also part of the things they spend time gazing upon; this is why you should make them look as attractive as possible.
Aside from improving the looks of your tires, it is crucial to paint the car rims to prevent corrosion. The rims are made with metal, and no matter the coating and galvanizing on them, they end up rusting with time. Therefore, you should consider painting your car rims.
However, the only problem most people who want to get their rims painted face is the cost of painting. Car rim painting costs will depend on so many factors. Therefore, in this article, I will show you how much it costs to paint rims. Let’s dive right in!
Things to consider before painting rims
There are a few things you should put into consideration when planning to paint your car rims. Of course, these are very important, as they directly impact the cost of painting rims. Therefore, they are unavoidable. So, let’s find out what these factors are.
The first and most important factor is “brake dust.” If you are pretty familiar with cars, you should have an idea of what brake dust is. If you don’t, trust me to explain. Every car owner should know that the brake pads are integrated into the tire wheels.
As time passes, the brakes will form a coating, a layer of dust that will mark the rims and, in the end, rubbish their look. You might notice some old car rims looking dull and dirty; the brake dust is responsible for this. In some cases, Regular off-road driving causes this too.
When this happens, the car owner has two options; purchase a new wheel or repaint the rim. Depending on the car model and the quality, car rims are of different prices. However, an average car rim can cost as much as $150. You may find it lower or higher.
If you are budget-minded, I would not expect you to purchase a new rim when you can easily repaint the old one and get it fresh and shiny again. However, the cost of painting car rims will depend on two major factors;
- If you are doing it yourself
- If you are hiring a professional
How much does it cost to paint rims by yourself?
Painting car rims alone is cheaper but requires some knowledge and skill. If you believe you have what it takes to do it, you can begin. However, there are some supplies you must get ready for this process. They include;
- Primer coat
- Clear coat
- Base coat
- Plastic dip
- Rhino liner spray
Some of these supplies have similar uses, so you might not get them all. You should also note that the cost of these DIY supplies depends on the types and quality. The price will also depend on the number of spray cans you use.
To paint a car rim by yourself, you should be ready to spend an average of $80. It could be more or less, depending on the factors I have mentioned previously.
How much does it cost to paint rims by a professional?
Many prefer hiring professionals to help paint their rims instead of doing it themselves. When you hire professionals, the job becomes faster, and you don’t need to spend much time doing it independently. In addition, professionals do it better than you can.
However, you should be ready to pay higher since they will charge you for their services. A professional will average set you up to $200 to paint your rim. Don’t be scared; the price will include the cost of the painting supplies too.
To get the best professional pricing, there is a trick you can follow. Instead of making price inquiries from one professional painter, you should ask multiple. For example, if you ask around five painters about the cost of painting your car rims, you can choose the one with the least price.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to paint four rims?
You should know by now that this will depend on several factors, most significantly, if you will paint yourself or hire a professional. If you are painting by yourself, it should cost around $80 to paint a rim. Therefore, you will spend an average of $320 to paint four rims.
Alternatively, if you are hiring a professional to get it done for you, you will be spending an average of $200 per rim; this means you will spend up to $800 to paint four rims professionally.
How long do Painted rims last?
Since people paint car rims for several reasons, it is crucial to know how long your rims will last when painted. If you hire a professional to do the job, your rims should last forever. However, the paint might peel off sooner if you do it yourself.
How much do new rims cost?
I once surveyed the prices of new rims from prominent companies in the United States. From the survey, I could conclude that having your rims painted was cheaper than buying a whole new one. The least price of a car rim from the survey was $150, and I could also see prices up by $300.