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The 11 Best Gun Maintenance – Solvents, Lubes, & Bluing

Firearm maintenance or gun care is a series of periodic preventive maintenance procedures. They are aiming to ensure the proper function of a firearm with the use of a variety of chemical solutions and specialized tools.

Gun maintenance is determinative for accurate and safe shooting. Here we tell you how to maintain, clean and store your rifle and shotgun.

Take a look at 11 the best firearm maintenance products.

Top 11

Lucas Oil Extreme Duty CLP Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil® Stock Finish Remington® Rem® Oil Birchwood Casey 1-2-3 Aerosal Value Pack Hoppe's Dri-Lube Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black Touch-Up Birchwood Casey Super Blue Liquid Gun Blue Birchwood Casey® RIG Universal Gun Grease Remington® Rem® Oil Pop-Up Wipes Birchwood Casey Perma Blue® Liquid Gun Blue Hoppe's Black Lubricating Cloth
Lucas Oil Extreme Duty CLP Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil® Stock Finish Remington® Rem® Oil Birchwood Casey 1-2-3 Aerosal Value Pack Hoppe's Dri-Lube Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black Touch-Up Birchwood Casey Super Blue Liquid Gun Blue Birchwood Casey® RIG Universal Gun Grease Remington® Rem® Oil Pop-Up Wipes Birchwood Casey Perma Blue® Liquid Gun Blue Hoppe's Black Lubricating Cloth
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Lucas Oil Extreme Duty CLP

  • Cleans and protects your firearms in one easy step;
  • Penetrates deep to free stuck parts and clean;
  • Provides long-lasting protection from rust;
  • Great for general shop and home use.

Clean, lubricate and protect your firearms in one simple step. Lucas Oil Extreme Duty CLP uses high-grade additives that dissolve powder residue, old lubrication and other contaminants. It penetrates deep into rust to clean neglected firearms and free-up rusted parts and actions. CLP's superior anti-wear additives reduce friction and wear. The special formulation leaves behind a waterproof, super-slick layer of protection against future rust and corrosion caused by handling, fingerprints, moisture and harsh environments, including saltwater. Used by major firearms manufacturers to coat and protect firearms prior to shipping, the solvent-based aerosol contains a unique drying agent that leaves your firearm clean and protected without any gummy residue. Made in USA.
Available: 11 oz. aerosole.

This is a viewer-requested review of Lucas Extreme Duty CLP.

I will test the product's ability as a powder solvent and as a corrosion inhibitor. I have prepared the steel plate by sanding to 400 grit degreasing with brake cleaner and separating into three sections.

I have a new assistant to help burn the powder. Let's fire it up. Here are close-ups of the burnt powder. I applied hoppe's number nine to one. Section and the lucas clp to two sections. I let the plate soak for five minutes. I really like that clock. I scrub the hoppy section with a brass brush and wiped with a clean patch.

After cleaning the brush with brake cleaner I repeated the process with one of the Lucas sections. I gave the remaining Lucas section 25 more minutes of soak time after cleaning the brush I scrubbed and wiped the last section. Here are close-ups of each section. The lucas clp did little to dissolve the burnt powder what powder was removed from the sections was due to the scrubbing and wiping the extra soak time.

Did not seem to help either irie sanded degreased and sectioned the steel plate. I mixed one teaspoon of kosher salt with one cup of water.
I used a clean patch to apply a firm of wd-40 to one section and the Lucas clp to another.

The middle section was left untreated. With the plate held vertical I sprayed each section with the salt spray. Here are close-ups of each section after spraying. I let the plate soak for 24 hours. Here are close-ups of each section. After 24 hours I was surprised that the wd-40 section showed signs of corrosion. The Lucas section was in great shape. So I found that the Lucas extreme duty clp performed similar to break free rem oil. And otis 85 all of these products are able to prevent corrosion. But are not able to dissolve burnt powder.

As well as the Hoppe's number 9 the Lucas clp had a thinner consistency compared to break free and the otis 85. I would say it was more similar to the ram oil.

Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil® Stock Finish

  • Blend of linseed and natural oils resists water;
  • Won't yellow, cloud or crack with time;
  • Time-saving fast-drying design.

Whether you're building from the ground up or refinishing an old stock, Birchwood Casey's Tru-Oil Stock Finish uses a blend of linseed and natural oils to protect the wood from moisture without unsightly yellowing, clouding or cracking. Fast-drying formula saves you time.
Size: 32 oz.

Remington® Rem® Oil

  • Cleans away dirt and grime;
  • Displaces moisture for rust and corrosionproof protection;
  • Exclusive Teflon formula reduces metal-to-metal wear.

Keep your firearm working smoothly at all times with Remington's versatile Rem Oil. Their formula cleans away dirt and grime and also diplaces moisture for rust and corrosionproof protection. The exclusive Teflon® formula provides a lubricating film, reducing metal-to-metal wear, keeping your action working smoothly.
Available: Rem Oil, Rem Oil Pro3 MSR, Rem Oil Pro3.

Birchwood Casey 1-2-3 Aerosal Value Pack

  • A simple, easy three-step process to clean and protect your firearms;
  • Dissolves and removes barrel fouling;
  • Creates a transparent seal to prevent rust.

Enjoy easy, convenient gun maintenance with Birchwood Casey's 1-2-3 Aerosol Value Pack. This three-can pack not only dissolves and removes residue, but applies a protective coating to prevent rust. Made in USA.
Includes:

  • Bore Scrubber® Two-in-one solvent that attacks, dissolves and removes all types of barrel fouling including lead, copper, plastic, carbon and powder fouling. Great for rifles, shotguns and handguns. 10-oz. aerosol can.
  • Gun Scrubber® A single solvent/degreaser that will work on every gun you own without harming wood, laminate, composites, plastics, rubber or other modern gun components. 10-oz. aerosol can.
  • Barricade® Protects your firearms from rust with cutting-edge technology. It rapidly drives out moisture from metal pores and deposits a transparent coating, which seals the surface with a protective film. Withstands 500 hours in American Society for Testing of Materials humidity test and 96 hours in ASTM salt-spray test. 10-oz. aerosol can.

Hoppe's Dri-Lube

Dri-Lube reduces friction on metal and bearing surfaces without sticky oils or silicones. It won't attract or hold dust and it evaporates in seconds, leaving only a dry lubricating film.
Available: 4-oz. aerosol can.

Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black Touch-Up

  • Simple application;
  • Works fast to remove scratches;
  • Nonexpanding design blends perfectly.

Resotre the scratched up aluminum parts on any gun with Birchwood Casey's Aluminum Black Touch-Up. Easy-to-apply, fast-acting liquid won't expand, delivering a perfect blend that restores scratches. Colors will vary from deep gray to black depending on the alloy.
Sizes: 3 oz., 32 oz.

I'm gonna see how Aluminum Black can be used on aluminum knife handles to repair any damage to a black finish. I bought this knife here this is the crkt foresight and there are a lot of videos on YouTube if you want to see those about this knife.

This isn't really about the knife in particular but I bought this knife used. It has an aluminum handle and as you can see it was a used knife when I bought it. It was very well-loved so that handle which is a normal a dark black finish is kind of beat-up and damaged all around.

And now it's just surface damaged. The knife itself is perfectly functional. No issue with the knife but I wanted to see if I could maybe touch that up a little bit. So I have found a product called Aluminum Black. This is from Birch Wood Casey. I've used their blooming solution for firearms before. So I wanted to try this solution out and see if it might help the aluminum finish on my foresight.

Now this is just an experiment. I have no idea how it's going to react. So what I'm gonna do. Essentially is I'm gonna use the rubbing alcohol here to clean off the foresight's handle as well as i can, and then we are going to apply some of this Aluminum Black and see how it changes the appearance.

Let me hold this up the before image relatively close to the camera. So you can see how it looks before. Okay. But you can see the damage right there and so the pocket clip is stainless steel. I'm not going to remove it for this because you have to disassemble the knife to do. So you'll notice I put some skateboard tape on it to help get it out-of-pocket. I'll try and avoid that area. I'm just gonna use cotton swabs to apply it but hopefully, you know by the end of this little experiment we'll see if this improves the appearance or not.

I'm going to go ahead and do it and see how it comes out. Let's go ahead and try. First thing I'm going to do is use some cotton balls in the rubbing alcohol to clean off the knife. Get fingerprints off it. And I'm just doing this really basic task. I'm not going to in depth. I'm sure you could spend a lot of time doing this and cleaning it off but I'm just trying to make this a nice quick job. Of course whenever you're doing finishes on knives, on guns the more prep time you put into it the better they're a finished result will be but still I'm just making this a quick evening project. I don't intend on spending all day doing this so I'm going to do one side at a time. Looks pretty good, let's just dry it off. And then I'll final rub down with a paper towel. Let's start with this side right. Here I don't know if the results are supposed to be instant or not. Allow to work one minute rinsed with cold water so I'll rinse it with water off to see how that works.

Let's take a look. We have a seal on here and what can I used to open that. I'll just find a random tool on my desk. I better shake it up a little first. I don't know if it needs it or not but just in case there we go. So I'm just going to gently swab in these areas that need coverage and again. I could be doing it totally wrongs. And how much coverage it needs on it you. But I'm going to go ahead and rinse it off and bring it back and see how it turns out.

Let's check that out. After one application you can see there is a definite darkening on the raised edges, but they're on the tips there's still definitely a silver tinge there. So I'm gonna keep giving this coats of the fluid until I get a better result. But again a lot of the areas that only had light scratching are a little bit darker than they were before.

Although you can still kind of tell the difference between the two areas of coating. That's kind of interesting result there. I'm going to keep this process up. I'm gonna do it off camera just for sake of space, and we'll see how it works.

All right. So I just did about four applications of the Aluminum Black on this knife. You can see the difference. In the handle itself it actually to me I think it's kind of big difference. Now you can still, of course, see gouges where it got gouged but instead of being that bright shiny aluminum finish. It's a darker, more matte subdued black color which I think is pretty cool. I think this is a win-win.

Look at that difference. I mean compared to the beginning. That is a big deal to me. So great product and super easy to apply. I mean I've done this in less than 20 minutes. So really nice. Maybe I'll do a couple more rounds of it just to see how dark I can get it. Some of the upraised edges a little bit more but even so as it sits.

This is a much improved knife over what I started the video with about 20 minutes ago. So look at that. I totally recommend Aluminum Black metal finish. Great product can make your very well-used and loved knives good as new.

Birchwood Casey Super Blue Liquid Gun Blue

  • Touch-up or complete reblue;
  • Extra strength for hardened steels.

Birchwood Casey's Super Blue is a double-strength solution that blues highly polished and hardened steels containing nickel and chrome alloys (except stainless), giving your firearms the look you want. The blackest blue on the market.
Size: 32 oz.

Following the easy steps of virtual kc's Perma Blue Liquid gun blue kit will keep the metal of your firearm rust free and protected.

Included in the kit is virtue Kc's cleaner degreaser, blue and rust remover, and Perma Blue. Also included is wet/dry sandpaper, a sponge blue and Gobber's service cloth, and barricade wipes. After you have disassembled your firearms.

Clean all the metal parts with the included sponge saturated and cleaner degreaser. Make sure to thoroughly clean all metal parts and then rinse with water. You can now remove rust and/or bluing with the blue and rust remover. Saturate one of the dobbers in the solution and apply it to the metal parts with a small pad at steel-wool polished.

The metal lightly to remove rust and old bluing. Continue this process until the metal is gleaming. The metal has deep scratches or pitting sand. The areas with sandpaper followed by a steel wool polish to smooth it out. Make sure the metal is completely clean of rust and no bluing before moving to the next step.

Next reapply the cleaner degreaser scrub with a sponge and rinse again with water. Now this point of the process try to avoid touching the metal with your finger tips to prevent markings on the meta when it comes to the bluing process.

Now when it's time to start the bluing process timing is very important. You can work on sections of metal rather than the entire piece using a dawber in the Perma Blue. Apply on entire surface, allow the Perma Blue to stay on the metal for no more than one minute. Then rinse it with water and wipe dry. It's better to leave it on for less time because you can always go back and repeat the process if you would like a darker finish after ordering rinsing.

Polish the metal with fine steel wool and look at the coverage of bluing. If there is streaking or you want a darker finish repeat the bluing process after you finish the bluing process. Wipe down all metal parts with barricade wipes and allow curing overnight.

Birchwood Casey® RIG Universal Gun Grease

  • Superior lubrication;
  • Long-lasting rust protection;
  • Great for long-term firearm storage.

A thin film of Birchwood Casey RIG Universal Gun Grease is a great way to give firearms long-lasting rust protection. RIG Universal Gun Grease also provides lubrication that sticks to metal without the risk of it evaporating. This is also a great product for long-term gun storage.

Remington® Rem® Oil Pop-Up Wipes

Versatile Remington® gun oil in pre-moistened, disposable wipes packaged in a handy pop-up canister. The patented formula cleans dirt and grime from exposed metal surfaces on guns and other metal equipment. It displaces invisible moisture from metal pores to protect against rust, corrosion and fingerprints. This exclusive Teflon®-enhanced lubricant leaves a durable protective film that will keep moving parts functioning smoothly and reduce metal-on-metal wear. Each wipe is 7" x 8". 60 wipes per canister. Made in USA.

Birchwood Casey Perma Blue® Liquid Gun Blue

  • Touch up or reblue steel gun barrels;
  • Produces even, streak-free finish.

Birchwood Casey's Perma Blue Liquid Gun Blue delivers an even, streak-free blue to steel (excluding stainless steel), giving your firearms the look you want. Ideal for touching up scratches or rebluing an entire firearm.
Size: 32 oz.

Hoppe's Black Lubricating Cloth

  • Ideal for extreme hot and cold conditions;
  • Effective temperature range from -65°F to 540°F;
  • Resealable bag keeps cloth ready for use.

Ensure your firearms continue to perform reliably in extreme hot and cold conditions using the field-friendly Hoppe's Black Lubricant Cloth. Resealable bag keeps cloth ready for use and is ideal for carry in a hunting pack. The synthetic polymer formula has an effective temperature range from -65°F to 540°F. Safe for use on all types of stock, including wood and synthetic materials.

Conclusion

Usually, gun maintenance is performed by the owner of the firearm. You can use either simple methods such as cleaning the gun with oil or other cleaning agents or more elaborated practices such as lubricating moving parts with grease/oil and recoating exposed surfaces with protective finishes such as bluing or varnishing.

Having a set of the necessary gun maintenance products you can easily get an accurate and long-living firearm.