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  • Select EP Additives
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  • Select Rust Inhibitors
  • Superior Lubricating Properties
  • Corrosion and Rust Protection


  • Full Synthetic
  • No Mineral Oil Content
  • Biodegradable
  • Sulfur-Free
  • Corrosion & Rust Protection
  • Recommended for Use with Ferrous Metals & Aluminum


Metal-Forming Pastes & Tube-Bending Gels

Metal-Forming Pastes & Tube-Bending Gels

International Chemical Company is very proud to manufacture a comprehensive and extremely versatile portfolio of viscous, highly compounded, water-soluble metal-forming pastes and tube-bending gels engineered for use in most severe to extreme metal-forming operations utilizing most metals. These manufacturer’s chemicals are specifically formulated to provide extreme levels of high film strength lubricity and in-process rust protection to both the work piece and tooling. Depending on your needs and the particulars of your operations, you will find what you need with one of our water-soluble metal-forming pastes or synthetic tube-bending lubricants and gels.

Featured Metal-Forming Pastes and Tube-Bending Gels:

The International 1500 Series of Metal-Forming Pastes & Gels:

  • International Compound 1540-P is an extremely viscous and mineral oil-based, highly compounded soft paste engineered for use in the most extreme swaging, drawing and other heavy-duty forming operations.  It is formulated to be compatible with carbon steel, stainless steel, nickel alloys, titanium and zirconium alloys.  ICC 1540-P is generally used as received for extreme metal-forming operations, though it may be diluted with water or an approved mineral oil for less severe operations.
  • International Compound 1540-S is a viscous, highly compounded, mineral oil-based and water-soluble metal-forming paste that is engineered for use in most heavy-duty drawing and forming operations. It is specially formulated with a select combination of extreme polarity (EP) additives, powerful emulsifiers and effective inhibitors providing in-process rust protection. In most applications, ICC 1540-S is implemented as received, but for less severe operations, it may be diluted with water or approved mineral oils. If ICC 1540-S is used in an emulsion, frequent stirring is recommended in order to maintain the desired viscosity.
  • International Compound 1576 is a soft, pourable, thixotropic* metal-forming gel engineered for bending and drawing operations utilizing ferrous metals and aluminum. It is a fully synthetic, biodegradable, sulfur-free and non-chlorinated metalworking lubricant. Dilutions are extremely stable in hard water, low foaming at all concentrations and may be sprayed or re-circulated at the dies. *Thixotropic: the property of certain compounds that are highly viscous under normal conditions, but become less viscous (thinner) under duress.
  • International Compound 1582 is a viscous, synthetic tube-bending and metal-forming gel engineered for use in severe drawing and forming operations where a biodegradable, petroleum-free formulation is desired. It is safe for use with all ferrous metals and aluminum. ICC 1582 may be applied by swabbing, dipping, misting or roll coating the concentrate or diluted solutions. Residues provide effective in-process corrosion and rust protection to metal components. It will not form gummy deposits and is easily removed in alkaline cleaning baths.
  • International Compound 1584 is a synthetic, water-soluble, metal-forming paste engineered for use in most tube-bending, piercing, blanking and drawing operations utilizing aluminum, carbon steel, stainless and aluminized steel, brass, copper and tin-plated alloys. It is recommended to be implemented as received, but may be easily diluted with water. ICC 1584 is inhibited specifically to resist melting or dripping when subjected to elevated temperatures and is especially valuable in tube-bending operations where the concentrate may be pumped directly to the mandrel. Residues are easily removed with hot water or mildly alkaline detergents. ICC 1584 may be applied via all conventional equipment.

International Compound 36 is a heavy-duty metal-forming paste engineered for use in difficult operations utilizing carbon steel and stainless steel. It is formulated with a robust combination of specially-selected pigments, high film strength fats and oils, extreme pressure (EP) additives and emulsifiers—an extremely economical choice.

International Compound LUBE 4 is a soft, water-based, non-chlorinated, metal- forming paste composed of a special blend of natural fats, animal waxes, petroleum oils and suitable emulsifiers. It is diluted with water for drawing, stamping and metal-forming operations utilizing iron, steel, brass, copper and aluminum. Lube 4 is economical and its high film strength lubricity promotes excellent die and tool life.

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International Compound 1540-P
Water-Soluble Metal-Forming Paste

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