Close Up On RAL Colours

The RAL colour collection was first developed in 1927 in Germany by
order of the state and industry. RAL was introduced primarily to help
development within the lacquer and pigment industries by standardising colour

The original 40 colours from 1927 were quickly noted as being
insufficient for the diversity of the market, and new colour tones were added to
the system – most recently, magenta red and three new shades of grey.

Thirty of the forty tones from 1927 are still contained in the RAL
colour charts, which are distributed today. Nowadays, there are 194
individual RAL colours each of which has a four-digit designation, in which the
first digit specifies the classification of a colour region.

Here are
some examples of the classic RAL colours:

RAL 1003 RAL 2002 RAL 3000 RAL 4010 RAL 5014 RAL 6011 RAL 7000 RAL 7037 RAL 8017 RAL 9018

Signal Yellow


Tomato Red



Reseda Green

Squirrel Grey

Dusty Grey


Papyrus White

Differences in video and printing rendering devices mean that only
approximate samples of RAL colours can be reproduced through a computer monitor,
therefore you should always refer to an original classic RAL colour card
for precise colour reproduction.

A number of the physical security products
showcased on this website are available in any RAL classic colour as a special
order to match your corporate identity. If you require this service, please
don’t hesitate to contact us for a low
cost quote.

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