Frog Lube CLP

By on May 29, 2013

Frog Lube, CLP, Lube Test

I’ve been using some form of CLP since it was introduced to me in the Marine Corps.  The military uses some sort of no-name brand, but I’ve been using BreakFree CLP for years because it just works.  It’s nothing special and is a jack-of-all-trades and master of none.

CLP stands for Cleaner, Lubricant, and Preservative.  CLP works as all three.  The problems I’ve found with other things is that they work well at one thing but screw up the others.  Hoppe’s 9 works great as a cleaner, but leave it in your gun (i.e. don’t wipe all of it off) and it turns to goo.  Other products do the same thing.  The preservatives seem to eat up lubes like a solvent, and mixing chemicals is not always the greatest idea anyways.

I’ve been told about Frog Lube a bunch and told I need to try it.  Along with a plethora of other junk that has been on the market and will come on the market that someone is always trying to get me to try.  I’ve decided to test Frog because it claims to be a CLP.  Living in south Texas gives me a unique area to test things.  During the summer, the humidity is like being next to the ocean.  The semi arid desert in the south gives us a lot of dust.  Now that it’s summer, my sweat will supply something akin to ocean water (if not worse).

So I started the test with the preservative.  I got a piece of steel.

Rust for a Lube Test

Then I busted all the rust.  If you aren’t worried about the metal it’s actually pretty easy and you can use power tools.  I would never do this with a gun, but it was fun on a piece of steel.

Once I got the rust off, I painted some lines to let me know which was which.

Then I applied Kleen Bore CLP on one side and Frog Lube on the other side.  I used 10 drops of each.  The first thing I noticed was that the Frog Lube is substantially thicker than other CLP.  I used Kleen Bore because it was what was left in my cleaning kit.  Somehow I ran out of BreakFree and haven’t replaced it.  So I used Kleen Bore.  I’ve used it on my guns before and it works okay.

Then I put the steel out in my garden.

Then I watered it.

Then it rained and rained and rained.  It was one of the wettest days in San Antonio history, so I left it out in the garden.

At the end of 5 days, I took the steel out of the garden and left it wet under the cover of my porch.  It sat there overnight because the weather was so bad I couldn’t get any pictures, so I just left it.  After the test, I got this picture.

Then, I took a couple of drops of the cleaner that was used on each side and wiped that area off.  Then, I took Gun Scrub and cleaned it off.

It’s hard to see but there was some rust on the Kleen Bore side and some on the Frog Lube side.  It looks like there was a little more on the Kleen Bore side.  Not bad for an unfinished piece of steel in a San Antonio rainstorm sitting in a garden for a week.  You can see what the unprotected steel looks like in the center.  So this should work very well on my guns.

I’m going to try it next weekend in my Advanced Beyond Concealed Carry class to see how it works on my Glock.  It should be nice and humid over the next couple weeks, so I’ll put just a little bit on the gun for this weekend and then let it sit all week and then use it again in my class the following weekend.  No, I won’t be using my carry gun for this test, but my extra/back up gun.  At the end, I’ll see if the lube lasts after three extensive shooting sessions.

Stay Safe,

Ben

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  1. Nick
    June 14, 2013

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    I dove into this stuff head first. Being a nypd detective, I carry all day everyday. I hate when I see dust grime and lint in my carry guns, so I looked for a new option other than oil. I watched some you tube videos in regards and applied the lube.
    Heated all parts with a hair dryer and applied lube with a paint brush. Let sit for a hour and wiped down.
    When done the metal was dry, yet silky smooth.
    Put 300 rounds through gun and saw that my dry gun, started getting wet when it heated up. Upon cooling gun was dry again.
    When I goy home 95 percent of the carbon and residue wiped right off with a cloth.
    I reapplied with the heating process a few times.
    I will be doing a 1000 round test at a course in 2 weeks.

    • Ben Branam
      June 15, 2013

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      That’s awesome! Getting gun oil on everything sucks, I’m with you on that. Let me know how the 1,000 round test goes. I just finished 500 and change in my Glock. It didn’t seem to care. I haven’t cleaned it yet, but will soon. I’m hoping it works the same way for me as it did for you. I’m going to use the hair drier next time on my tools. My Gerber looked nice when I just dropped Frog Lube on it, but then collected a ton of dust. Thanks for the comment and advice!

      • Nick
        June 15, 2013

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        http://youtu.be/PlMikz8Nc8A

        This guy in the video seems to be spot on.
        The ” miracle ” of frog lube is in the heating and seasoning process.
        I also hear it works wonders on ar bolts, and the carbon wipes right off.
        Also I didn’t state in my first post that I really enjoy your shows and keep up the good work.
        If you where not on the other side of the country we would have met at one of your classes already .

        • Ben Branam
          June 15, 2013

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          Thanks Nick! I’ll check out the video and thanks for the info and thanks for listening. Stay safe!

  2. Tim Crosnoe
    May 29, 2013

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    Remember to apply it to heated gun parts.

    • Ben Branam
      May 30, 2013

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      There is no directions for heat on the bottle but I did find it on their web site. Well it’s too late. I used it to clean a gun and the. Put it on like any other oil. To,or row will be the start of the test to see if it works.

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