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Old 08-30-2004, 06:11 PM   #1
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Question What does everybody think about the "Ming Shine"?

I have a buddy who is trying to sell me a Ming Shine for my WRX for $250. says they are regular $350. Has anybody heard about these? Are they as good as they claim to be - i.e. no more waxing? I already have a factory clear coat (albeit a thin one).

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Old 08-30-2004, 06:18 PM   #2
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Not sure, but here are some FAQs I found:

Common Questions about The Ming Shine

How is Ming different from a polish or sealant?
Actually, Ming is neither a polish or sealant. In fact, Ming is more a process than a product. The Ming process shines the natural paint finish by filling the pits and valleys (sometimes called pores) in every painted and clearcoat surface where dirt, grime and pollutants can collect. With Ming, the shine you see is the reflection of Ming's exclusive conditioning oils and your flat, smooth paint surface.

Yes, but doesn't my car's paint need some kind of covering to protect it?
No, not if the paint has been treated and strengthened. The Ming process bonds the paint making it much more resistant than otherwise. The paint is then protected from the damaging effects of dirt, grime, sunlight or pollutants. The only upkeep necessary is a gentle, regular washing with Ming Car Wash Soap or a comparable product. You need not wax or polish your vehicle again.

Does Ming allow my paint to breath?
Paint does not breath in the sense of air passing in and through it. Paint is a petroleum based, inorganic combination of pigments, solvents and binders that do not require oxygen to properly function. In fact, oxygen and sunlight are the chief causes of Oxidation - that clouding of the paint - which makes even a new car look old. Oxidation is accelerated when pores of the paint fill with harmful materials. Waxes and polishes cover-up these pores for a period of time. The Ming process cleans and closes them so that harmful materials cannot collect in the paint.

Does Ming only work on new cars?
No, the Ming process also works extremely well on used cars. It cleans old waxes, polishes and dirt that cause clouding and oxidation and returns your used vehicle to a shine that will make your car look almost new again.

Can I Ming my clearcoat?
Yes. The "clearcoat" is an upper layer of paint finish that has no pigmentation. It still has the same pits and valleys (pores) as any other applied paint. These pores can collect dirt and become clouded when they fill with material. The Ming process cleans, enhances and protects that clearcoat finish giving it an increased luster and longer lasting shine.

Do the new "high tech" car paints need the Ming Mirror Finish?
Yes. The Ming process removes the pores that are part of every paint finish. Every paint can benefit from of every paint finsh. Ming's goal is to provide the highest quality finish protection available. This goal requires that Ming work closely with the various paint manufacturers to keep current on changes in paint technology. The Ming process has been updated and improved through the years to maintain our commitment to high quality. Today's advanced Ming Mirror Finish is still the perfect answer to today's advanced paints.

Does the Ming process "burn" my paint finish?
No. Heat is a component of the Ming process, but, there is never enough heat to "burn" the paint. Further, Ming technicians are quality certified to understand your vehicle's paint requirements and provide exacting care.

What types of chemicals are used in the Ming process?
The secret Ming chemicals used to perform the Ming process are a mixture of water soluble ingredients specially formulated to protect a vehicle's finish. They are safe for both the finish and the environment.

If I have an accident which requires repainting, do I have to re-Ming the entire car?
No, just the area that has been repainted. Most Ming Centers will Ming the repainted area for you at nominal charge. Your insurance may even cover the cost of the retreatment.

What is "The Ming Guarantee"?
The Ming Guarantee promises you satisfaction with your Ming "Mirror Finish" for seven years after the Ming process is performed. There are no yearly maintenance visits, no hidden yearly charges and no required reapplication. Your vehicle will retain that same "Mirror Finish" gloss through your regular washing and care. The guarantee is only subject to the condition of the paint prior t Ming processing and does not apply to areas damaged by abrasion, collision or repainting that may occur after processing.

If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your vehicle, all you need to do is return of your vechilen to any authorized Ming Center with your invoice and signed guarantee. Our certified technicians will process it again under the terms of the waranty.

How do I know Ming will stand by its guarantee?
Ming has been in the auto beauty business since 1935. We value the longevity of our business and the high perception customers have of our quality. Our individual Centers are operated by repuable, concerned business people who understand the importance of customer service.
Our desire is to provide our expertise to you in protrecting and maintaining the beautiful appearance of you new or used vehicle.

Does Ming only do the "Mirror Finish"?
No. Ming offers a full range of auto beauty protection treatments for your vehicle. In additoin to the "Mirror Finish", Ming provides quality:

Rust Protection
Fabric Protection
Vinyl and Leather Protection
Underbody Protection
3M Stoneguard
Window Tinting
Paintless Dent Removal
Bumper Repair
Complete Appearance

Ming also provides a full line of quality Ming Auto Care Products to help keep your vehicle looking new for years.

How does the Ming Shine improve my paint?
Along with removing the pits and valleys, the Ming Process toughens and hardens the paint making it more resistant to chips, scratches, and the detrimental effects of the elements. The process shines the paint finish without altering the composition or base thickness of the paint.

But doesn't my vehicle's paint need some kind of covering to protect it?
No, not if the paint has been Ming treated and strengthened. The Ming process bonds the paint making it much easier and faster to wash your car, truck or van. As well, your paint's natural abrasiveness has been reduced resulting in fewer car wash scratches. The only upkeep necessary is a gentle, regular washing with Ming Car Wash Soap or a comparable product. You need not wax or polish your vehicle again.

MingShine--Without a word you will make your vehicle's presence known.

What does the name MING mean?
Ming stands for Masters In Natural Glazing.

The name Ming was coined by a newspaper reporter who was so impressed with the "Ming Shine" and its inventor Chester Stebenne, that he called them the "Masters in natural glazing." The acronym MING became popular and the name stuck
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Old 08-30-2004, 06:48 PM   #3
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$250 he told me $200 you should just get a pair of shoes that match your car!
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Old 08-30-2004, 07:42 PM   #4
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My dad got it done to his car and jeep (both black) and it looks really good, im thinking of getting it done to my car soon. As for the price i dont know what the normal cost is.
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Old 08-31-2004, 11:12 AM   #5
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I think all the Mazda has ming on it too, before it leaves the showroom. My cousin's RX-8 has a ming package and it looks very good (plus it's demo, don't ask why).
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Old 09-01-2004, 10:13 AM   #6
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My dad gets this done too all of his cars. Works awesome and your car looks great for quite a long time. I recommend it.
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Old 09-01-2004, 12:16 PM   #7
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Anyone know where I could get such a thing done in Calgary? And for how much?

Curious about this...
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