FIREClean™ is designed to hold as an oil to the highest possible temperatures, and provide the best possible lubricity across the applicable temperature spectrum. In addition to the “wet” lubrication provided by the oil itself, FIREClean™ also conditions the metal deeply to provide inherent slipperiness or lubricity. Even in the absence of visible oil, metal parts still slide freely due to the remarkable “boundary lubrication” properties of FIREClean. A very light, thin coat of oil on any parts that are subject to mechanical movement, or fouling from carbon or other sources is all that is required.
FIREClean™ is a new and different approach to operating your firearm. While traditionally the focus has been on “proper lubrication” and “keeping the gun wet”, experience has taught us that friction is rarely the problem on normal metal surfaces in the operation of guns. While this may sound like sacrilege to many, consider this- when was the last time that manually cycling a clean dry firearm resulted in locking the gun up? The REAL ENEMY of successful firearms operation is heat and fouling- particularly carbon fouling. Carbon is the unavoidable byproduct of powder combustion in the firing process. Carbon adheres very, very strongly to metal surfaces. It is very abrasive, hence the “gritty” sounds typically encountered with dirty or fouled firearms. Cleaning carbon with traditional methods requires harsh and hazardous chemicals- toxicity to humans, eco-toxicity, flammability, hazardous and potentially explosive vapors are some of the typical dangers.
Often, cleaning materials must be treated as hazardous waste before disposal. This leads to long term health concerns as well as risk and expense. Other methods of carbon removal involve scraping, grinding, and other mechanical methods. In addition to the time and difficulty of using these methods in a field environment, this can often lead to undesired wear on mechanical surfaces or on the finish of the firearm. The other problem that FIREClean™ solves exceptionally well is lubricant “burnoff” or evaporation due to heat generated in the firing process. Frankly, most firearms lubricant can’t stand the heat! When you are required to constantly re-lube your firearms, that is a telling sign that either your oil has evaporated or has “cooked off”. Evaporation is caused by low temperature thresholds and the volatility of the substances used. If the oil has a strong odor or smell at normal temperature that indicates that the oil is undergoing evaporation. If the oil is “smoking” in operation that tells you that thermal breakdown of the oil is happening. Either one of these cases will lead to the loss of lubrication, and typically the dried up or burned off oil creates gums and varnishes that are difficult to remove and lead to jamming.