RAL colour comparisson

RAL colour comparisson

Post by John Oxlad » Thu, 19 Sep 1996 04:00:00

I'm trying to put together a colour reference chart for European RAL
colours to their nearest Floquil equivalents after someone from the US
asked me for details on my web site.

No 'official' list seems to exist, so I'm trying to do a
table of visual comparisons.  I know this is far from ideal, but I don't
see an alternative.

Does anyone have a RAL to Floquil chart before I do too much work?

Can someone give me basic info on the RAL system?  I believe that, for
example, Blues are 5xxx, Greens are 6xxx etc.  Can someone fill in the
gaps for me?

Many thanks



RAL colour comparisson

Post by Randy Treadwa » Sat, 21 Sep 1996 04:00:00

The following items are exerpted from the IPMS Color Cross-Reference
Guide, by David H. Klaus:

A number of different items are available from RAL (the Deutsches
Institut fuer Guetesicherung und Kennzeichnung).  The list below
is my suggested precedence list for those RAL items a modeler might
want to obtain.  A full color catalog is available, so write for it
before you order.

-Farbenfaecher RAL-K5, Pocket Color Matching Fan.  A color matching
fan containing lacquer reproductions of the semi-glossy colors.  Each
card is 130x50mm (about 5 1/8" x 1 15/16").  This is the best value
for the modeler.  Cost: DM 25,-.

-Uebersichtskarte RAK-F2, Color Chart, glossy.  A folding color card
containing glued in original color chips of the RAL HR-840 collection
(glossy colors).  The chips are each 33x13mm (about 1 5/16" x 1/2").
This is also a very good aid for the modeler, as these are quality
controlled chips.  Cost: DM 54,-

Available from:
Bornheimer Strasse 180
D-5300 Bonn 1
West Germany

But what you are asking for is a cross-reference to Floquil paints.
What you want is the IPMS Color Cross-Reference Guide.
It is available from Meteor Productions:
P.O. Box 3956
Merrifield, VA 22116 USA
FAX: 001-703/591-3996

They also have an internet web page:

This Guide is oriented towarded military scale modeling (planes,
tanks, etc) but includes tremendous cross-references between the
color systems such as RAL, FS- (American), British systems, etc,
and yes, has cross-references to hobby paint manufacturers as well!
Including Testors, Floquil, Gunze Sangyo, Tamiya, Humbrol, Xtracolor,
and others.
Be prepared, though- you may find that RAL 9999 is equivalent to
FS 31499, which might be the color matched by Testors Modelmaster 3999
paint, but no other model manufacturer!  So you may or may not
find a Floquil match!
This guide is also the best reference I've found to explain
in scientific terms that a non-scientist can understand what is
happening with "flat" paints versus glossy in natural light,
artificial light, etc, and how to achieve the best reproduction
in a "scale" environment of things we see in the 'real world'.

Good luck!...and hope this helps...

*BTW, I have no affiliation to David Klaus, the IPMS, or
Meteor Productions- I am only recommending his Guide as a
happy user myself...

Randy Treadway