Break Free CLP

Concept: 4 out of 5
Execution: 4 out of 5
Yeah, but: But nothing--it even smells good

The Long Version: The CLP stands for Cleaner, Lubricant, Preservative, and when you're dealing with steel this is the stuff you want for all those jobs.
I graduated from 3-In-1 oil and WD40 when I first saw an ad for Break Free in some gun magazine or store, and have never looked back.

It's more than just an oil, so 3-In-1 was replaced.
WD40's main claim to fame is Water Displacement, hence the name.
Break Free penetrates and frees rusty bolts (the Break Free part of the name) so that meant I no longer needed WD40, either.
(And WD40 does NOT protect metals against rust, so people who spray their guns with it are often in for a nasty surprise).

Break Free is what the US Navy used to clean the main guns on battleships.

I use it for everything from gun care to preventing rust on my pipe snake, fixing sticky door locks, protecting & lubricating power tools and drill bits, and bicycle maintenance.
It's safe on skin and even in your eyes, according to the can's label.

Comes in all sizes, from little 1oz bottles for your tackle box to 55 gallon drums for your battleship.

Good stuff!


  1. True, Break Free is good stuff. And although there are a few other great lubricant and cleaning products out there, Break Free's ability to do three jobs as one product makes it the best for field use.

  2. Much better as a lubricant and a preservative than a cleaner. Almost anything will get more crud out after a cleaning with Break Free

  3. WD-40 doesn't protect against rust? WD-40 was originally used to protect nuclear missiles from rust.

  4. WD 40 does not protect against rust. Take two pieces of metal and try it against almost any lube. Even used motor oil works better


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