Polymeric Emulsion Cold Forming Lubricant - Freiborne Industries, Inc Polymeric Emulsion Cold Forming Lubricant - Freiborne Industries, Inc

Product Type: Formlube 36-22

Polymeric emulsion designed as a lubricant for the cold forming of ferrous and nonferrous materials. Formlube 36-22 has been succesfully used in aluminum forming applications without the need for a conversion coating pretreatment.


FORMLUBE 36-22 is a polymeric emulsion designed as a lubricant for the cold forming of ferrous and nonferrous materials. FORMLUBE 36-22 may be applied by dipping, brushing or spraying over a carrier coating on the metal surface.

FORMLUBE 36-22, as supplied, has 22% by weight solids. The usual operating concentration
is 3 to 3.5% solids for cold heading and 4 to 6% solids for impact extrusion. Dilute Formlube 36-
22 with soft but not softened water (chloride salts used in water softeners should not be used). Add Formlube 36-22, with stirring, to achieve the desired solids level according to the following calculation:

Desired end solids x # of gallons in the tank = # of gallons FORMLUBE 36-22 to add

ex. For a 1000 gallon tank, and an operating concentration of 4% solids:

FORMLUBE 36-22 may be used at ambient temperature, but heating (not to exceed 120°F) is recommended to facilitate drying.

Emulsion stability must be protected by maintaining a clean rinse before the FORMLUBE 36-22. Contamination from acids, bases, and metal salts should be avoided. A hot water rinse is recommended to facilitate drying.

Stirring of the material before use is recommended. Containers should be kept closed during storage.

The pH should be maintained between 8.5 and 9.5 with ammonia (ammonium hydroxide). The
pH may fall due to ammonia evaporation or acid drag-in.

The concentration of FORMLUBE 36-22 may be determined by the following method:

1. Weigh a disposable aluminum dish on an analytical balance with accuracy to 1/10,000th g. Record the weight as “A”.

2. Transfer 5 grams (+/- 0.2grams) of stirred FORMLUBE 36-22 working bath into the disposable aluminum dish. Record the weight of the dish and Formlube 36-22, to the nearest 0.001gram,as “B”.

3. Place the sample in an oven for 12 hours at a constant temperature of 120°C +/- 5°C. Allow the sample to cool and then re-weigh th e dish and the remaining solid. Record this weight, to the nearest 0.001gram, as “C”.

% by volume FORMLUBE 36-22 = % Solids by Weight x 4.55

Each 4.55% by volume addition of FORMLUBE 36-22 concentrate will increase the % Solids
by approximately 1.0%.

Quick Check:

This test is not meant to be used for accurate results of the bath’s concentration, but rather
as a rough quick check. Add 10 grams (±0.2g) of Formlube 36-22 working solution and 30
grams (±0.2g) of water to a beaker and mix well. Transfer a couple of drops of the mixed solution to a calibrated 0-10 Brix refractometer with automatic temperature compensation (ATC). Take the reading where the blue and white areas intersect. Multiply this reading by 3.33 to get the % solids concentration of the Formlube 36-22.

Additional Information

Temp Range



Carbon Steel, Aluminum, Copper/Brass


Drawing, Stamping, Extrusion

Product Type


Product Line



Spray or Immersion

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