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Paint Finish Detail & Rust Proofing
Just the Facts...
Common questions asked about the finish.
Q: How is the Ming "Mirror Finish" different form a wax or polish coating?
A: Actually, Ming is neither a wax or a polish. In fact, Ming is more of a process than a product. The Ming process enhances the natural paint finish by filling the pits and valleys (sometimes called pores) in every painted surface where dirt, grime and pollutants can collect.
Once the process is complete, no chemical residue or coating is left on the paint.
In a conventional treatment waxes or polishes are rubbed or buffed into these pores to cover the paint. The shine comes from the ingredients in the wax or polish. With Ming, the shine you see is the reflection of the natural paint surface, not a wax or polish.
Q: Yes, but doesn't my car's paint need some kind of covering to protect it?
A: 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 and 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.
Q: Does Ming allow my paint to breathe?
A: Paint does not breathe in the sense of air passing in and through it. Paint is 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 the 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 the harmful materials cannot collect in the paint.
Q: Does Ming only work on new cars?
A: 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.
Q: Can I Ming my clear coat?
A: Yes, The "clear coat" 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 clogged when they fill with material. The Ming process cleans, enhances and protects the clear coat finish giving it and increased luster and longer lasting shine.
Q: How does the Ming "Mirror Finish" improve my paint?
A: 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 enhances the paint finish without altering the composition or base thickness of the paint. Nor does it alter the flexibility of the paint surface in extreme temperatures.
Q: Do the new "high tech" car paints need the Ming Mirror Finish?
A: Yes. The Ming process removes the pores that are a part of every paint finish. Every paint can benefit from the Mirror Finish. 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.
Q: Does the Ming process "burn" my paint finish?
A: 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 vehicles paint requirements and provide exacting care.
Q: What types of chemicals are used in the Ming process?
A: The secret Ming chemicals used to perform the Ming process are a mixture of water soluble ingredients specially formulated to protect a vehicles finish. They are safe for both the finish and the environment.
Q: If I have an accident which requires re-painting, do I have to re-Ming the entire car?
A: No, Just the area that has been repainted. Most Ming Centers will Ming the repainted area for you at a nominal charge. Your insurance may even cover the cost of the re-treatment.
Q: What is "The Ming Guarantee?"
A: The Ming Guarantee promises you satisfaction with your Ming "Mirror Finish" for three 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 to 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 your vehicle to any authorized Ming center with your invoice and signed guarantee. Our certified technicians will process it again under the terms of the warranty.
Q: How do I know Ming will stand by its guarantee?
A: Ming has been in the auto beauty business since 1935. We value the longevity of our business and high perception customers have of our quality. Our individual Centers are operated by reputable, concerned business people who understand the importance of customer service.
Our desire is to provide our expertise to you in protecting and maintaining the beautiful appearance of your new or used vehicle.
Q: Does Ming only do the "Mirror Finish?"
A: No. Ming offers a full range of auto beauty protection treatments for your vehicle. In addition to the " Mirror Finish", Ming provides quality:
- Rust Protection
- Fabric Protection
- Vinyl and Leather Protection
- Vinyl Roof Protection
- Tire Dressings
- Engine Detailing
- Complete Appearance Reconditioning
Ming also provides a full line of quality Ming Auto Care Products to help keep your vehicle looking new for years.
Q: What does the name "Ming" mean?
A: The name Ming was coined by a newspaper reporter who was so impressed with the "Mirror Finish" and its inventor, Chester Stebenne, that he called them the "masters in natural glazing". The acronym "Ming" became popular and the name stuck.
You are always welcome at the Ming Center. Come in and ask questions. Our trained technicians will be pleased to work with you on protecting and enhancing your vehicle's appearance.
Ask the technician to perform a free "test section" so you can see what the Ming process will do for your vehicle.
Call today to get pricing information & schedule an appointment
Ming Auto Detail Center
4720 Highway 52 North
Rochester, MN 55901
Phone: (507) 285-0582