This is the best bending and metal forming lubricant you can get. It is for draw bending, mandrel bending, and other cold forming operations (like dimple die use or our 180 degree gusset press brake). It applies easily with a brush, gloved hand, or out of a large diameter syringe. It is very safe and leaves no residue that affects welding or painting. It can been welded right through with no cleanup, although you should of course clean it up anyway. Sold in sizes from 4 oz up to a gallon. 4 oz and 8 oz jars will fit in your elite tubing bender cart drawers, anything bigger will not. 16 ounces of this will last you a very long time when manually applied. A quart (32 oz) is the smallest size we recommend for a mandrel attachment. A little goes a long way. This product does separate a little (like sour cream, but please don’t put this in your fridge, especially if you drink heavily on the weekends). If separated, you can shake the container and it restores the homogeneity of the product.
Which should I buy? 002 or 004? The 004 product has a longer shelf life, greater stability, and is less prone to causing rust when left on raw steel.
Bend All 002 details- This is an affordable and very good lubrication. It should be sealed when not in use. Reactivity with bronze is extremely low. Oxidation on raw steels (rust) is minimal to moderate, depends on the levels of air present. Separation, thinning, and shelf life are good, and depend on time left open.
Bend All 004 details- This is a phenomenal lubricant. It should still be sealed when not in use. Reactivity with bronze is nearly zero. Oxidation on raw steels (rust) is nearly immeasurable (zero). Separation, thinning, and shelf life are excellent, even if left open. May be mixed with vegetable oil if desired, though it can lead to weld contamination when used with oil depending on cleanup practices.
We tested many other mandrel bending lubricants, and they either rapidly tarnished bronze parts (mandrel components), built up solids in suspension (separation) leading to clogging of lubrication galleys in our machinery, or they had shelf life problems. Of all the chemical and lubrication products in our entire shop, Bend all 002 and 004 are the least scented, and most comfortable to have on bare hands. It leaves no nasty residue.