I have been reading a ton about FrogLube. It seems to randomly come up in every forum and a flock of converts come out of the woodwork to proclaim its greatness. There are also the haters, but most have not used it (as always) so you have to take what they say with a grain of salt.
I am a huge fan of M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner. M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner has never let me down and can cut your cleanup time in half. It is totally biodegradable and has no offensive smell. But in all honesty, I’m not really a fan of their other products, not because they are bad, just because I don’t like gun oil all that much. I like my lube to stay where I put it so I’m more of a fan of grease especially on AKs and handguns. My grease of choice right now is Weapon Shield. I love the stuff!
Back to FrogLube, I have read enough about it that I thought I would give it a try. First off it is a CLP meaning it cleans, lubricates and protects. It is 100% Bio-Based cleaner, lubricant, and preservative that is made in USA from all domestic components. It is also not just for guns. I have read a lot of reviews where it was used effectively on anything from tools to scissors.
So we picked up Starter Pack that comes with a microfiber towel, an applicator brush, 4oz liquid, and 4oz of their paste. The liquid has the consistency of honey whereas the paste kind of has the consistency of refrigerated butter. Both immediately melt or become viscos when warmed up.
The basic theory is one of cast iron cookware. FrogLube over time will season the metal allowing it to go longer between cleaning and when you do clean the item, cleanup is supposed to be cut in half as dirt and/or carbon does not have a chance to bond with the metal. I’m told that the carbon just wipes right off. FrogLube is supposed to also last longer than other lubes because it gets impregnated into the metal, so as the metal gets hot during normal use it weeps the lube allowing for a more reliable weapon.
We are going to test FrogLube for 3 months on an AK, AR, Glock 19, Beretta Nano, and a Ruger 10/22. All of these firearms have different forms of buildup and also use different forms of lube. The AR & 10/22 for instance work better with more of a gun oil whereas the AK, GLOCK, & Nano work better with grease of one type or another.
The first step in the process is to strip the parts of all oils then heat the metal and to apply the paste. Some people use a heat gun to heat the parts, which I have, but I think its easier throw the parts in the oven on low for 10 min. Clearly this type of “seasoning” is more time consuming than a normal cleaning. FrogLube asks you to perform this the first couple times and then you move into more of a regular cleaning regimen.
A couple of things we can say up front is a) it doesn’t have any petroleum ingredients so you can use it and wash your hands – it comes right off without any smell left on your hands and b) your whole house doesn’t smell like gun cleaning for a day as FrogLube has a pleasant minty smell.
We will let you know the results. There is extra work involved and in my opinion it will not be worth it if it is equal to the current products I use other than fact that it is 100% Bio-Based and my wife likes the smell.
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