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Product Review: Sonax Wheel Rim Shield


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Sonax recently launched their Wheel Rim Shield as an aerosol applied protectant designed specifically for wheels. Clean wheels make a huge difference on a vehicle, but caked on brake dust can be a huge pain to clean and the wheels will be dirty again in a few days even if the vehicle is still clean.

Enter: Wheel protectants. Just like your paint, a hydrophobic protectant will keep your wheels cleaner longer and make maintenance much easier. However, these days many wheels have tons of intricacies which make traditional paste-type paint sealants difficult if not impossible to apply thoroughly. Spray-on type products work well, but still need to be buffed off and can leave streaks in hard to reach places.

Enter: Aerosol sealants. The application process allows you to spray the product in every intricacy and not have to worry as much about drips and streaks as the atomization of the products is so fine. It makes it quick and easy to apply durable protection to your wheels!

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Ease of Application

  • Very easy to apply, simply spray on and wipe off with little to no effort. There is not much more I can say, it really is that easy!

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Hydrophobic Capabilities

  • As expected it was very hydrophobic. Wheels stayed cleaner longer, were much easier to clean, and beaded up water like crazy.


  • This is where, for me, the uncertainty of having a spot in my arsenal comes in. The product states it lasts about six weeks, which it does. Which would be great, if they had not invented Polymer Net Shield. For only .04/mL more you get a product that lasts six months and is just as easy to apply.


  • Sonax Wheel Rim Shield is a great product that does exactly what it says it will do. Easy to apply, excellent hydrophobic capabilities and looks amazing. However, the price difference to longevity ratio when compared to Polymer Net Shield makes it a difficult product to choose in my work.

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Ian Martinez
Gloss Angeles
Irvine, CA
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5 comments on Product Review: Sonax Wheel Rim Shield

  1. Zach Bookman says:

    I am glad to see an honest review. Most of the time, the products on here are considered to be all great. Which is fine, considering maybe only the great ones are worth reviewing.

    Quick question Ian, do you believe Sonax rims shield, has any specific ingredients that allow it to last longer on rims. Given the fact that this area generates an ton of heat?
    To ask in another way, in your opinion, does rim shield offer any attributes that Polymer net shield does not?

    • Hello Zach, and thank you! We compared polymer net shield on wheels as well since that is a product we used often before this came out. It still did not outlast it. I think the best benefit would be the lower price so you could use it every wash or every other wash and not worry as much about wasting expensive product.

  2. Adam says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts. Such great insight and detailed information. I do have a question that is somewhat off topic. I will be purchasing a new set of wheel for the racetrack. I am going to get black wheels as black should hide the brake dust more, which btw is a lot with track pads! My question is what do you think would hold up better and be easier to clean, gloss black or matte black wheels? I’m curious to hear your thoughts. I am guessing glass black but maybe the brake dust will erode the finish??

    Thanks in advance.


  3. It really depends on the quality of the finish. Normally gloss back is easier to clean, but is more prone to scratching where matte black is prone to fading. I would say gloss black wheels, or not black wheels at all! Not my favorite personally

    • Adam says:

      Thanks for the feedback and insight! Truly appreciated. I’ll look into the gloss black as thay might hide some of the brake dust a little better.

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