International Standard Colours
RAL Colours | BS4800 Colours | BS 381C Colours | NCS Colour Chart | TfL Colour Chart | Pipeline Identification Colours | Ministry of Defence Colours
International Paints Colour Chart | Johnstones Colour Chart | Jotun Colour Chart | Kingspan Colour Chart | KEIM Colour Chart | Mapei Master Collection Colour Chart
TATA Steel Corus Colour Chart | Teknos Colour Charts | Teamac Industrial and Agricultural Coatings | Teamac Marine Coatings | The Traditional Paint Company Colour Chart
RAL Colour Charts are used to define a set of standard colours used in the paint industry as well as for varnish, powder coating, and plastics. RAL Classic Colour Charts are used by architects, construction industry and road safety. RAL Colours are the most popular Central European colour standard used today. The RAL Colours in this chart have been matched as closely as possible but different monitors will give different results. If you would like to purchase your own RAL Colour Fan Deck please click here
Please note these colours are for guidance only. Variations between output devices can misrepresent the appearance of an actual colour.
We strongly advise that you order your complete paint requirements simultaneously to ensure a uniform batch colour.
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.