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Old 02-25-2008, 03:52 AM   #1
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Breakfree CLP?????

I read somewhere that Breakfree CLP can ruin the nice blued finish on a Colt Series 70. Has anyone had any negative effects with this product? Thanks.
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:07 AM   #2
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I've never had any adverse effects on the finish using CLP as a surface protectant/oil on any kind of firearm. Nowadays, though, I prefer Birchwood Casey Sheath, which is now known as Barricade. It's excellent as a finish protectant.
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Thank you Snake. Yoou are always a great source of information.
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Interesting Question

Several years ago, as I was picking up a used Doskocil pistol case at a gun show, someone made a remark about damage to bluing from the combination of whatever lubricant had been left on the firearm and the plastic egg-crate foam inside the case. I've never experienced it myself and don't really recall when I last used Breakfree on the surface of a firearm and stored it in such a case. I do recall that the used case I bought had some brown staining in the shape of the handgun on the foam. Perhaps it's a matter of how much lube is used or perhaps the lubricant was not even Breakfree.
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I use Breakfree on all my firearms as a lubricant. It gets on the finish and I wipe the finish down as I would with any other lubricant. It hasn't done any harm in last 15-20 years.
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Break Free is straight up good stuff and won't hurt the finish. In fact, it's one of the best preservatives and will go a long way toward protecting the finish from rust and corrosion.
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EEZOX does a great job.
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  • I got introduced to Break Free over 20 years ago by the US Army. We had small plastic squeeze bottles that would fit into the butt stock of a 16. Also, gallon cans of the stuff were available in the arms room along with patches, brushes and rods. I've used it ever since and it doesn't mess with the finish of a weapon.
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Break-free has been around a long time, the initials CLP stand for cleaner, lubricant, protectorant. While it does all 3 somewhat, it does none well. I've used it on my carry gun for several years, inside and out. A while back, a friend asked me to go with him for a test ride on his new boat. We went out for about an hour, he and his son did the launching and retrieving, I did not get wet. About two days later, I decided to clean my Sig 245. On field stripping, I was shocked to find what appeared to be a small web like substance in the bore by the muzzle. It was brown in color. I cleaned with kroil and JB bore-brite, getting all of it out. Apparently the very limited exposure to salt air and the fact that break-free will run left the steel exposed to corrossion. I've since been using Boshield T-9 inside and out with no further run-off or corrosion issues. The Sig was in a paddle holster under my shirt the entire time in the boat. The post above, reference storage in a padded case? That can be caused by wicking moisture from the air in the case and transferring to the firearm. You never want to store a firearm long term in a padded case.
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Break-free has been around a long time, the initials CLP stand for cleaner, lubricant, protectorant. While it does all 3 somewhat, it does none well.
I have to sort of agree with this. It does all three of these things pretty well, but not as well as other, specialized products. I actually prefer Hoppes, Tetra Grease/Rem Oil and Sheath/Barricade for the three functions, but if you want one thing to get you through, CLP will do, and it will do it better than say WD-40, Liquid Wrench, or 3-in-1 oil, among many other things people have used.
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better than say WD-40, Liquid Wrench, or 3-in-1 oil, among many other things people have used.
We once had a gun come in that was just caked with something. well we were in the back of the shop and I had held the gun for a while and i noticed it was kind of slimy, I took a wiff and realized what it was coated with, Bacon grease or hog lard, it had that smell. we ran the sink full of hot water and dumped it in. sure enough, within a few minutes the whole shop smelled like Denny's. After two course of Dawn detergent and hot water, with a good scrubbing mixed in, it was clean again.
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I can only relate an incomplete tale. I left a revolver cylinder soaking in Break Free for two days, only to pull it out and find half the bluing gone.

Now I don't know the complete history of the part before it came my way, if it had been cold blued or some such. Either way, what happened happened and I won't leave anything in Break Free too long. No taking chances.
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:35 AM   #13
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I use CLP pretty much exclusively. So far I have had no problems; but then, I have not had my guns in any harsh environments. Recently, I let some newbies look over and handle a blued revolver. A week later, there was no sign of rust from handling. I presume that since I keep it lightly wiped down with CLP, enough stuck to protect the finish from handling.
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New Break-free products

I noticed last week that Break-free has a couple of other products in addition to the CLP. (They may have been on the market for years, but I never noticed.)

One is a lubricant and preservative gun oil, which sounds like the old CLP with the solvent removed.

The other is a collector long term gun storage and preservative.

Since I prefer to use a separate oil and bore cleaner, (I don't know why, it is just what I do) and do have a bunch of guns that sit in the gun cabinet for years I bought some of each.

Anyway, does anyone have enough experience to know if their claims are true? I may be able to tell in 5 or 10 years.
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There is a test someone did about protecting steel from salt spray. Maybe on the internet, or maybe in a magazine. IIRC the two best products were EEZOX, closely followed by CLP. Strangely, Breakfree CLP did better than Breakfree LP. I use CLP on everything for many years and haven't had any problems with it. It's much better than Sheath for keeping rust off in humid conditions; I can directly confirm that.

However... I just got a shotgun that had been in a plastic case for a long time. The receiver has a mottled appearance where the foam touched it. It does not rub off so appears the damage is permanent. I suspect some product, could even be CLP. Maybe CLP melts foam or something. Anyway, don't store guns in cheap foam cases! Not if you care about them...

Heh. Heh. I googled for this test, and found it on some off-the-wall place called "The Gun Zone".
http://www.thegunzone.com/rust.html
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Rust testing etc.

Thanks for the lead to the article. The guy did a good job of designing the test and an even better job of documenting what he did. As a former engineer I applaud him and his efforts.

I also have used LSA with good results for many years.
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Re: Breakfree CLP?????

Oddly enough, my first exposure to CLP was from the guy who sold me my Benelli M1S90. A gunsmith himself, he said that Benelli's oil was terrible - bad lubricant, and it promoted rust.

He recommended CLP, and now I use it for 90% of my gun lubrication chores. (Tetra oil or grease in a few applications.) It seems to work well for lubrication, and I haven't had any problems with corrosion . . . never tried it for cleaning, since brake cleaner or copper solvent are usually more appropriate.

I wonder if current CLP is the same as the older stuff - CLP used to contain chlorinated solvents (IIRC, trichloroethane and methyl chloroform) but with the craze to go "green" these may have been removed from the formula.
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:45 AM   #19
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Re: Breakfree CLP?????

BF CLP is hard to beat as an all in one product.

Eezox is very good too, but sumthin' in there (TCE?) makes it way more nasty to breathe, get on your hands.

Hoppes Elite/S&W/MPro7 (all the same stuff) CLP does better at C and L, but not as good at P, way easier on the lungs/skin.
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:28 PM   #20
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Re: Breakfree CLP?????

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While it does all 3 somewhat, it does none well.
Dunno 'bout that.
  • It scores at or near the top of every multi-product corrosion test I've seen.[/*:m:wele32on]
  • The base lubricant is the IDENTICAL to the synthetic oil [PAO (PolyAlphaOlefin) synthetic oil CAS #: 68037-01-4] used in the original Mobil-1 formula before Mobil-1 was reformulated due to PAO shortages. You don't hear too many people knocking the lubricant properties of Mobil-1...[/*:m:wele32on]
  • The solvent/cleaning properties are decent, I've used it as a cleaner in a pinch. Of course it does nothing to remove metal fouling, but as a nitro-solvent, it's not bad--just a lot messier to use.[/*:m:wele32on]
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