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The RAL Classic Shade Cards & RAL Classic Colour Charts have each 213 shades updated from the earlier edition of 210 shades. These Classic colors have been neatly distributed in 5 different types of color charts. RAL Color Charts each have the same number of colours differing in their size and feel only.
The RAL Classic shade cards are named with a prefix of ‘K’ before the number. The RAL k5 Classic Shade card is the most common RAL Classic Colour Chart. The RAL K5 Paint shade Card has 2 formats. The shade card with the Gloss feel which is shiny and bright is called the RAL K5 Gloss shade card and has a feel similar to the photographs taken with a polished finish. The other variant in the RAL K5 is the RAL K5 Classic Semi Matte Shade Card. The RAL K5 Semi Matte Colour Chart has 213 shades similar to the glossy shade card but has a much smoother finish which is used in the paint and cement industry.
The smaller and less used variant of the RAL Classic Colour Charts is the RAL k1 Colour Chart and the RAL K7 Paint Shade Card. The RAL K7 Classic Colour Chart also has 213 Classic Colours, in the form of a fan type chart which can be easily fit in the pocket and carried around. Ral Classic Colours are mostly used in furniture industry, paint and chemical manufacturing, cement and construction purposes and more standardised places. The RAL k5 Classic especially is one of the best RAL shade cards since it has a large enough size and the colour numbers are present on each shade thus making it easy to interpret the colours and match them with the products. its size is about 5cm X 1.5 cm, thus apt for colour matching.
RAL Classic – Creating a revolutionary change in 1927, RAL Classic created its first catalogue with 40 colours. It brought about the utmost efficiency to various industries, which would prior to this innovation made use of samples or swatches to describe tints. As times progressed, the RAL classic kept making additions to its inventory and today consists over 200 shades that are used globally. Out of the colour schemes within RAL classic, 188 of the shades are body colours, 2 shades that resemble mica, 5 daylight luminous shades and include a variety of pearlescent colours. A classic RAL classic category charts are used widely in the automobile industry and most of the colours deciphered by this industry can be seen in most of the planes, trains and cars that are seen on a daily basis.
With the cascade of colours that are noticed by the naked eye, the colour perception by each person is different. As an architect and artist who draws inspiration from themes, nature, monuments and the basic surroundings, they try to incorporate and imitate the colours that are seen. There are themes and ideas which become more familiar to the consumer by the representation of the appropriate colour. Since there are over 1600 colours in a RAL shade chart and every person has a different description and deciphers the shades in a different manner, a set guideline can help in determining the precise colour.
A colour is said to be interpreted on the basis of colourimetric properties, dimensions, hue and saturation. These properties are what influences a human’s perception of colour. All colour shade charts make use of this study, to assess the human’s perception and assign codes to each colour giving it a distinct identity. RAL charts act as essential tools to draw parallels and match the shades. Using RAL colour charts allows the manufacturers to confer with the buyers and have a systematic conversation so that each party is aware of the colour that needs to be used.