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Eastman™ Resin Intermediates for Powder Coating

Polyester Resin Intermediates

More than half of powder coating processes utilize a polyester resin in the binder system. Eastman™ provides high-quality polyester resin intermediates that deliver cost effective production and targeted surface finish performance. Browse their solutions portfolio and learn how and why to select Eastman's resin intermediate products. 

Powder Coatings - Polyester Resin Powders

Powder coating is becoming increasingly popular due to a variety of benefits over liquid paint processes, and higher expectations from consumers for products that last. Powder coating processes improve overall coating performance, reduce the cost during application, and can eliminate all VOC (volatile organic compounds), HAPs (hazardous air pollutants), and hazardous waste generated during application.
For thermoset polyester resin powders, there are two basic categories — hydroxyl and carboxyl terminated.  Polyester resins use different types of cross-linkers in the binder system.  A quick table details the combination of polyester resin & cross-linker type:
The high-quality monomers from Eastman™ Chemical Company allow for optimized polyester resin and powder coating performance.

Eastman™ Resin Intermediate Product Portfolio

b Crystallizes below 31°C (88°F)
c CHDM-D90 is a CHDM-D/water mixture exhibiting multiple melting points across this range. 


NPG Glycol (Neopentyl Glycol)

  • Primary component of most polyester resins for powder coating
  • NPG-based resins can be made with a glass transition temp (Tg) of 52°-68°C (125.6°-154.4°F)
  • Low initial color and good color stability 
  • Good powder flow and fluidization properties 
  • Good balance of hardness and flexibility 
  • Good chemical and stain resistance

HPHP (Hydroxypivalyl Hydroxypivalate) 

  • Structural and reactivity properties similar to Eastman NPG glycol
  • Resin T is reduced by approx. 0.2°C for every mole% replacement of NPG glycol in a PTA/NPG resin
  • Excellent weathering characteristics that are ideal for outdoor applications
  • Improved smoothness and flexibility in TGIC and ß-hydroxylakylamide systems  
  • Good chemical and stain resistance

CHDM (1,4-Cyclohexanedimethanol) 

  • CHDM presents no effect on Tg as it replaces NPG™ glycol in PTA/NPG resin systems
  • T is raised by approx. 0.2°C for every mole% replacement of NPG glycol in a PIA/NPG resin system
  • Primary alcohol functionality provides good reactivity during synthesis 
  • Superior detergent resistance for appliance and other applications 

CHDA (1,4-Cyclohexanedicarboxylic Acid) 

  • CHDA has higher solubility and reduced resin cook time 
  • T is reduced by approx. 0.4°C for every mole% replacement of PTA with CHDA in a PTA/NPG resin system
  • Excellent flexibility and hardness  
  • Better smoothness (less orange peel) as CHDA is more efficient at reducing melt viscosity than PTA

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