Dual layer structural thermoplastic polyester powder coating film and its weathering resistance



Micro FTIR analysis was performed to the point with a 50–80 μm spatial resolution to verify the exact structure of a new blend thermoplastic powder coating film. Resistance to certain artificially accelerated conditions and actual outdoor exposure were examined to confirm the performance of the film as a protective coating for use in the telecommunication field. The new blend powder coating film consists of primary polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and secondary polyvinyl butyral (PVB) resins, and has a distinct dual phase structure. Specifically, it forms a continuous PVB phase in a surface layer with a thickness of approximately 100–150 μm. Good corrosion resistance was confirmed in artificially accelerated testing using salt water spray, heat cycle, and accelerated UV tests. Actual outdoor exposure in a metropolitan area (Shinkiba in Tokyo) and a coastal area (Miyake Island) revealed good weathering performance throughout the study period. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013