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Battle of the lubricants

Battle of the lubricants

As frequent firearm users we know the need for a well maintained weapon. Carbon build-up is one of the major reasons of malfunctions. So from time to time we need to disassemble the gun and perform some preventive maintenance.

An inadequately maintained firearm will often accumulate excessive fouling and dirt within the barrel and receiver, which not only can clog up the rifling and decrease the firearm's accuracy and precision, but can also interfere with the proper operation of the action and lead to potentially dangerous malfunctions. Furthermore, some of the fouling’s and dirt’s are either corrosive themselves, or capable of making the firearm vulnerable to rusting and wears, and thus can lead to irreversible damages to the firearm over time.

As we all know there are a lot of CLP’s around and we each have our preferred brand. These CLP’s Cleans fouling from guns, Lubricates moving parts and Protects metal from corrosion and rust.

But which one is the better one when we look at protection?

Well, we at Contact Front wanted to find out for ourselves so we decided to do a neutral test with some of the major brands available in Belgium/Europe. 

The test is done on a used car disk break.

 

First of we degreased the entire disk with acetone to get a neutral base to apply the different CLP’s.

 

The CLP’s used in this test are Brunox Lub & CorFroglube CLPBreakthrough High Purity OilBallistol Universal Oil and Breakfree CLP.

For each CLP test we designated a part on the disk and separated the areas with masking tape. A separate area was left untreated so we could have a reference zone.

 

All product manuals were read and applied following the manufacturer's instructions in order to have a fair contest between the different brands. All CLP's will be applied each time with a new cotton swab.

It is worth mentioning that apart from Froglube, which is a bio based, all the other CLP's mention a hazard when applying there product being irritation and flammable.

First of is Brunox. After shaking the bottle a milky substance was applied on the metal. Application was straight forward.

 

After Brunox came Froglube. Froglube mentions in its application manual that for best results the metal needs to be heated. 

 

Froglube is a greenish liquid and has a significant smell. Application was again straight forward.

 

Next in line was Breakthrough High Purity Oil. This CLP is applied with a manual spray. When applying the liquid the spray didn't quite do its job. Nevertheless the liquid was quickly applied with the swab. The instructions mention to apply a thin layer and let it dry for 15min. Then for extra protection a second layer can be added. We applied two layers. 

 

The fourth CLP used was Ballistol universal oil with is applied through a spray can. No problems occurred when the oil was applied.

 

Last but not least, Breakfree. A well-known product also used in the Belgian Armed Forces.

No problems what so ever when applied.

 

Below is an overview of the disk and the different areas where the CLP's were applied. 

 

The breaking disk was put outside in the garden to maximize the exposure to the elements.

Curious what the outcome will be? So are we ;-)

 

Day 1

 

Day 2

We had a little bit of drizzle. Nothing special to report. The none treated area is allready showing some small rust spots. 

 

Day 3

Something happened today!

First of, all the untreated parts have started to rust. But what we found very strange is the Breakthrough started to show severe corrosion. Also the Ballistol area has some spots of rust. The rest of the treated areas are withstanding the elements of the typical Belgian weather ;-)

 

Day 4

No big differences today. 

 

Day 5

Sunny day today. Froglube, Brunox and Breakfree still going strong. 

 

Day 6

Some close ups of the different zones.

 

The none treated zone.

 

Brunox

 

Froglube

 

Breakthrough

 

Ballistol

 

Breakfree

 

Day 7

We had a lot of rain during the night and this morning. Looks like our Belgian climate has taken its toll on some of the CLP.

 

Day 8

Not a lot has changed. I think some of the rust stains from the Breakthrough area is covering the top part of the Froglube part. Still, Brunox is doing great.

 

Conclusion:

First of, this was a very interesting test. Some "high hope" products didn't perform that well and some "budget" brands did a lot better than expected.

I think you can clearly see which brands are doing what they say they would do and you don't always get what you pay for.

 

 

 

 

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