Colour Charts - RAL
Founded in 1927 the German Reichs-Ausschuß für Lieferbedingungen und Gütesicherung (Imperial Commission for Delivery Terms and Quality Assurance) produced a range of 40 colours as a benchmark that would become a colour standard throughout Europe and over time the world. Prior to the RAL colour range manufacturers and end users would have to send colour sample to the paint manufacture for matching, following the introduction of RAL colours, manufacturers could use a RAL reference number that was the same throughout the world. The original name for this range of colours was RAL 840. Due to the success of this colour collection it was decided in the 1930’s to uniform the numbers by introducing a four digit number and this became known as RAL 840R. The range of colours was increased in 1960’s and the addition of names to the four digit code was introduced to reduce any confusion. Over the following years further changes were introduced and versions were produced for matt and glossy papers. RAL Classic is the most common range used in the painting industry and many councils, government agencies such as the Highways Agency and other organizations have now specified RAL Colours for traffic warning signs etc. Examples such as the Swiss Postal Service use RAL 1021 as their corporate colour. If you wish to purchase a RAL Colour chart please call Promain or a RAL and BS4800 chart is available from our online shop.