Breakfree CLP Review

Breakfree CLP is a very well know product and the very first CLP or Cleaner, Lubricant and Protectant. The military used Breakfree CLP for quite a while and it performed well in very hostile environments like hot deserts and humid jungles. If it worked for the military, its a “no brainer” for civilians.

Breakfree CLP is an all-in-one fouling/powder solvent, gun oil and corrosion barrier. You do not need to buy 3 products in order to maintain your weapons. I like the simplicity of one product…a CLP.


Breakfree CLP Properties:

  • Performs well in extreme temperature ranges (-65F to 475F)
  • Formulated from high quality polymerized synthetic oils
  • Special friction reducing additives
  • Anti-wear additives
  • Advanced boundary film protects treated surfaces from wear
  • High temperature and pressure exposure without deterioration
  • Lifts and displaces fouling from surfaces
  • Prevents corrosion on treated surfaces

How to Use Breakfree CLP

Breakfree CLP is very easy to use. Always shake the bottle well before using it. Apply a liberal amount of Breakfree CLP to the area to be treated/cleaned like gun action, bolt, barrel, etc. Allow the CLP to work for 10 or 15 minutes. You can even leave it soak overnight. Now brush the surfaces to remove fouling and foreign matter. Use a clean patch or lint free cloth to wipe away dirt and debris. Repeat this process until all fouling has been removed. For best results, allow Breakfree CLP to cure for 2 hours.

A bottle of Breakfree CLP will last a long time and it’s pretty inexpensive hence its popularity. Lots of people love Breakfree and its a proven CLP. It is not the best gun CLP but it does work well. It’s a great product to take along when you’re shooting at the range or hunting in the field. All you need is a boresnake and Breakfree CLP to clean, lubricate and protect any firearm in any place. It only take 1 or 2 minutes and you’re back in action.

I recently tested BreakFree CLP on my Glock 22. I first cleaned the Glock with a solvent to remove any and all oil or CLP/Froglube from the gun. I then cleaned the Glock 22 with BreakFree CLP and let it cure for a week. I then took it to the range and shot 50 rounds of .40 S&W through it. It functioned perfectly. I took it home to see how much fouling accumulated in the bore. Does BreakFree CLP reduce fouling?


Here is the G22 barrel after 50 rounds of .40 S&W. It’s barely dirty. There is still a “shine” or “glossyness” to the bore. The BreakFree CLP is still present in the bore. It did not burn off like other CLP’s and gun oils. I then cleaned it with Breakfree CLP to see how easily the fouling would come off.


Here are 3 patches that were pushed through the G22 barrel with Breakfree CLP. No brushing or scrubbing whatsoever. The 3rd patch is pretty clean…and so is the barrel.


Here is the G22 barrel after only 3 patches and BreakFree CLP. Total cleaning time….5 minutes. Amazing!!!

I have tested many gun maintenance products over many years from gun oils to gun cleaners and corrosion barriers. Breakfree CLP is very slippery and did very well in a friction, a corrosion and a wear test.

I have used Breakfree CLP on a my Glocks, Taurus PT1911 and AK-47 for several years with total satisfaction. My only issue is that it has a Warning label that reads, DANGER.

Breakfree CLP Corrosion Test

So how well does Breakfree CLP protect metal against corrosion or rust?

Let’s put it to a test…

I use a simple corrosion test consisting of a bare metal bar/plate, gun oil or CLP and a water spray bottle. I take advantage of the Arizona desert climate to assist with this test. The temperature range is 65-100 degrees F with very low humidity in May 2017.

Here’s the steel plate and Breakfree CLP. I thoroughly clean the metal plate with a gun cleaner like Mil Comm MC25 or M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner. Then I apply the Breakfree and spread it evenly with a few cleaning patches.

The steel bar is filed smooth to provide a machined type finish. It will be easy to see any rust on this shiny finish. Now let’s apply the Breakfree.

I placed 2 drops of Breakfree CLP on the steel plate. Now I’ll spread it evenly and rub it into the metal finish.

You can see the area where I started to spread out the CLP. It’s the darker area. I’ll finish the other area and then start the corrosion test.

Now I’m ready to start the test. I’ll give the test bar a squirt or 2 of water.

The water beaded up nicely. The Breakfree CLP instructions say to wait 2-24 hours for the CLP to “cure”. I did not do this but will add this as another test to see if there is a difference in its corrosion protection. Now I’ll wait and check on it every 24 hours to see if any rust forms.

7 Days Later – Breakfree CLP Corrosion Test

For 7 days the Breakfree CLP corrosion test plate has been out in the AZ desert elements with a water spray every other day. Here are the results so far.

Here’s the test bar/plate and the Breakfree CLP. It looks good from here but let’s take a closer look.

Now you can that there is some rust starting. There are some very small spots of rust.

Conclusion: Breakfree CLP was able to protect a bare steel (not blued) bar from corrosion for 7 days while being sprayed with water every other day and enduring the desert climate. The temperature range was 65-108 degrees F. That’s pretty good protection considering this is an extreme corrosion test. Normally your guns would not get wet 4 times in one week and not get wiped off.

Breakfree CLP Cleaning Test

I wanted to see if: the more you use Breakfree CLP, the easier fouling cleaning becomes is true. So I’m running another test using a bare steel bar .125 x 1.5 x 12 and Breakfree CLP. I will clean the steel bar with Breakfree CLP numerous times and then see if smokeless powder fouling comes off easily.

Let’s take a look at the test setup.

Here is the .125 x 1.5 x 12 inch bare steel bar on top of 2 wooden blocks, Breakfree CLP and a cleaning rag or sock. I’ll clean the steel bar everyday for a week and then test it with some smokeless powder.

I applied 4 drops of Breakfree CLP and will clean the bar using a sock. I will simulate an actual cleaning by rubbing and scrubbing the metal surface with the sock and the Breakfree CLP.

Here I’m cleaning the bar with the sock. You can see that dirt is coming off of the steel bar. The breakfree CLP is cleaning dirt and grime out of the metal pores. I previously cleaned the steel bar with Mil Comm MC25.

Now the 1st cleaning prep is done. A lot of dirt was removed by the Breakfree CLP. Now I’ll let it sit for 24 hours and then clean it again using the same procedure. After 7 days I’ll burn some smokeless powder on the steel bar and then see how easy or hard it is to remove.

After 1 Week of Cleaning with Breakfree CLP

I have been cleaning a bare steel bar with Breakfree CLP for about a week. That’s about 5 or 6 cleanings during the one week period. I’ll burn some smokeless powder on the steel bar and then try to clean it.

The 2nd powder charge is poured on top of the first burn. Now I’ll ignite it and then try to clean it. You can see the 2nd powder charge on the steel bar.

Here’s the carbon fouling left from burning H4831. Now let’s pour some Breakfree CLP on it and let it sit for 10 minutes.

I applied about 5 drops of Breakfree CLP. It will soak for 10 minutes before attempting to wipe clean.

Here’s the 1st wipe with several clean patches. Some of the carbon came off but there is a lot left. Let’s try a little more aggressive scrubbing.

More carbon came off with a more aggressive scrub but not clean yet.

I applied a few more drops of Breakfree CLP ┬áto the fouling area and then scrubbed some more with the patches. More came off but it’s still not clean. And it’s not easy.

“Seasoning” Conclusion: Breakfree CLP did not seem to season metal after 5 or 6 cleanings. Maybe it takes more like 50 or 100 cleanings? Cleaning a steel bar pre-treated or not did not seem to affect how hard it was to clean after burning 2 H4831 powder charges.

Breakfree CLP is not as effective at cleaning fouling as a straight water-based gun cleaner. So if you want quick and easy cleaning, then choose a water-based gun cleaner like Mil Comm MC25, M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner or Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner. Breakfree CLP, however, is a excellent lubricant and protectant. It is very slippery and will reduce wear and heat in any firearm. It will also protect the metal from corrosion, even in humid and/or wet environments.

Why Are Water-Based Gun Cleaners Better?

Water and water-based gun cleaners are the best becasue water soaks into carbon fouling and loosens it quickly. Oil based cleaners will not soak into carbon fouling. Watch this experiment…

Water spray bottle.

Here’s some fouling left over from the Breakfree CLP cleaning test. I sprayed 2 squirts of water and then let it sit for 10 minutes.

You can see the water is soaking into the carbon. It will loosen it enabling it to be wiped off easily.

1st wipe….

I sprayed a little more water and wiped it back and forth a few times and it was clean. Very easy…no hard scrubbing or brushing.

Breakfree CLP Wear Test

I use a simple gun oil wear test consiting of 2 pieces of bare steel, Blue Pen and gun cleaner. Let’s take a look at the setup rather than try to describe it.

The large piece of steel is the base. The smaller steel block is the Wear Block and is used to simulate a gun action or bolt. The Wear Block is slid on top of the larger base. Let’s take a closer look.

The Wear Block is sitting on top of the metal base. The top surface is blued to make it easier to see how much wear occurs when the block is slid over the base X number of times. I used a Presto Blue Pen to blue the bottom of the block. It works quite well.

Here is the Presto Blue Pen. It works just like a Magic Marker. Just clean the metal surface and then color it with the pen. Then wipe the surface.

I applied several drops of Breakfree CLP to the base and the wear block and then spread it evenly with a few cleaning patches. I used another cleaning patch to wipe off the excess. I then proceeded to slide the wear block back and forth on the base. Here you can see the wear block in the rear position. I perform this back and forth motion 100 times and then examine the contact surfaces.

Here is the forward position. Let’s look at what happened after 100 cycles.

The lighter areas are where the bluing was worn off. There is a stripe towards the bottom and some worn off bluing on the top and bottom edges. Only the bluing was worn off. The metal did not have any wear. Breakfree CLP is a great lubricant and will decrease wear substantially.