RAL colours are a system developed by the German State Commission for Delivery Terms and Quality Assurance (Reichsausschuß für Lieferbedingungen und Gütesicherung) as a colour matching system which is similar to the Pantone® system used in printing.
The RAL colour system is specially designed to be used for varnish and powder coating purposes and covers a wide spectrum of the colours. Some of our range can be manufactured to the colour of your choice which means you can add extra personalisation to your choice. The RAL colour system is the most popular Central European Colour Standard in use today and you will see the colours used in architecture, construction, industry, recreation and road safety.
The chart below is as close an approximation of the actual colour as we can create for a website, however this is not perfectly accurate so please only use it as a guide to the colour choice. Indeed different monitors and printers will produce slight variations in colour from this chart.
In our showroom we have a wide display of colour options as well as official RAL colour swatches and cutouts so you can see and compare the colours yourself.
Important information regarding RAL9006 and RAL9007.
Although both colours are part of the classic RAL 840-HR colour collection there is one major difference between these two colours and the other 193 RAL Classic Colours, which are all opaque block colours of different hues. These opaque colours can be produced within a very precise tolerance giving a identical appearance with each edition of the RAL colour scheme. This precision is not possible for RAL9006 and RAL9007.
Both RAL9006 and RAL9007 originate from the industrial corrosion protection program of what used to be called the "Reichsbahn", the state railway of Germany. The coating they provide was mandatory for preventing the corrosion of the steelwork used in the building of the railway. The RAL9006 and RAL9007 colours were also used extensively in the German Navy and Airforce to take advantage of these anti-corrosion properties. In fact they were never designed or intended to be used for decorative purposes.
RAL9006 is produced by using aluminum particles layered into a sandwich structure with aluminum powder. RAL9007 uses iron particles and aluminum powder in a similar structure. The Reichsbahn registered all its colours with RAL at the time of creation to enable the organisation to use the RAL9006 and RAL9007 numbers as a convenient reference number when placing the (not inconsiderable) order quantities they required.
Recent fashions in design have included metallic colours for all kinds of architectural uses and RAL9006 and RAL9007 have been appropriated for this purpose. It is important to note however that due to the orginal design of the colours and the manufacturing method as outlined above that absolutely no uniformity of finish is achievable using these RAL numbers. Unlike the other 193 colours no two pieces can be made to match seamlessly and in addition the RAL9006 and RAL9007 colours require a transparent top coating to enable usage for design purposes which further adjusts the finished look. As a result of this extra process RAL9006 and RAL9007 are often classified by our suppliers as "special" coatings at a premium price point.
Differences in both appearance and style are very common, especially when the installed products (windows, doors, roof-lights, bifolds, etc.) have been coated by different suppliers at different times. As a result of this whilst we offer the RAL9006 and RAL9007 coatings as part of the RAL colour choice we highly recommend that they are only used for corrosion protection purposes (in the unlikely event that you require a product or component which meets this need) and not for decorative purposes
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Traffic Grey A
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