Metal Mates - Innovative Metalforming Lubricants and Fluids

Metal Mates - Innovative Metalforming Lubricants and Fluids


Tube Bending Gel Lubricant

A metalforming lubricant gel that clings to applied surfaces and does not leave an oily or gummy residue. It substantially extends tool life, reduces lubricant consumption and dramatically improves working environment by reducing the mess on dies, mandrels, parts and equipment.

JL-12 goes on thick but it disperses during operation and leaves a protective clean, light film that can be welded through without wash. It can be pumped directly into the mandrel or applied by hand.


  • Easy to clean
  • No drip application
  • Weldable with low smoke
  • Petroleum and pigment free
  • No build-up or residue
  • Clean alternative to fluid


Pump, brush or drip. Good on multiple substrates, please call or click for consultation on specific applications.

Container Size

5 gallon pail, 55 gallon drum and 330 gallon tote

Related Case Studies

JL-12 - Reduce Lubricant Consumption & Waste

Double Tool Life and Eliminate Housekeeping Costs

A Tier 1 automotive manufacturer specializing in complete exhaust assemblies was using a fluid lubricant that created major housekeeping issues. The lubricant didn’t provide adequate tool life and there were many dermatitis complaints from the operators. Metal Mates JL-12 Tube Bending Gel was introduced and immediately the Engineering Department noticed a 30-50% increase in mandrel tool life. The mess around the benders disappeared and there are no dermatitis issues.

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"In the old world, a little lubricant was good and a lot was better. That isn’t the case anymore."

Tony, Engineering Manager