Claims - "Quickly restores a bright,
polished and protected wheel finish. The anti-static
RimWax formula actually helps repel brake dust to reduce
dust buildup by as much as 75%."
For Use On - "Chrome, polished aluminum
and factory clear coat finish wheels".
Claimed Features -
"Amino functional heat resistant wax for all wheels
and metal surfaces. Cleans, polishes, shines and
protects. Bonds to wheel surfaces, delivering a slippery
non-stick surface shield that deflects damaging brake
dust and dirt."
Motorcycle wheels -- especially spoked wheels --
are like magnets for dirt, dust and grime.
They are also very hard to clean, especially on
motorcycles with large front brake disks, and wheels seem to go from clean
to dirty almost as soon as you leave the driveway.
Some wheels are easier to clean than others, and
the fewer the spokes, the better. But who wants to spend time cleaning
and polishing (or in this case, waxing) motorcycle wheels?
We've tried various formulas for cleaning; see
Motorcycle Cleaners, Polishes & Waxes Index
for a list of all of our reviews.
And we've also tried applying various types of waxes and polishes to wheel
rims in an attempt to keep the dirt from reappearing, with little success.
Rim Wax seems to work better than most.
It's specifically designed as a wax (not a cleaner) for wheel rims, and
although they don't specifically mention motorcycles in the advertisements,
they do say that the product works on "all wheel finishes including chrome
and alloy wheels".
We tried it on a couple of different types of
painted and chrome wheels, and it does indeed seem different. It
leaves a nice finish that feels "slippery".
We compared it to a few other types of basic car
wax formulas that are not specifically designed for wheels, and there was a
noticeable difference in both the surface feel and the amount of dirt/dust
that appeared on the wheel afterwards.
It won't repel dirt and keep the wheels looking
brand-new; we'll probably have to wait until the next century for that.
But it does seem to work as claimed, and treated
wheel surfaces do seem to be easier to clean when they get dirty.
problem? Rim Wax very expensive, with a list price of $16.95 for 8 oz.
One container does go a long way on motorcycle wheels, and we did find this
jar on sale for $12.95 at a local auto parts store, but even at 13 bucks,
It has a purple color and it has a "purple"
grape-like aroma that smells very similar to
Danasé Wet Glaze (review) or the
Wizards Supreme Seal (review) products.
Conclusion: Rim Wax works as
claimed, and although it doesn't specifically say so, we used it on painted
and clear-coated wheels with good success. But it doesn't last forever
and doesn't magically repel all dirt and dust. Our feeling is that
it's also very expensive.
Score: 4 out of 5
Review Date: October 2008
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