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Ral Products

What is the main difference between RAL CLASSIC / DESIGN & EFFECT colours?

RAL has 3 main systems. They are as follow:

RAL Classic - 210 colors

RAL CLASSIC colour 4-digit references have been an accepted format for colour definition for more than 70 years. The basic collection consists of more than 200 colours and is available in both matt and gloss. Both collections contain colour samples that are used by institutions to cover a wide range of applications and are constantly adapted to the requirements of the industry. Contained in the collection are safety and signalling colours that conform to the colour requirements of DIN regulations.

RAL Design - 1688 colors

RAL DESIGN has been developed for professional colour designers.  It contains 1688 colours arranged in systematic order.  All these colours have a 7-digit reference number and are defined as individual colours. The colour reference numbers indicate HUE, LIGHTNESS and CHROMA. With this system the creation of harmonious colour combinations becomes very easy.

RAL Effect - 490 colors,  all are water based

RAL EFFECT comprises 420 solid colours and 70 metallic colours. It is the first collection from RAL to be based on waterborne paint systems. No use is
made of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and chromates.RAL EFFECT allows eco-efficient colour production for all paint and lacquer producers and users thanks to its simple, modern formulation. RAL EFFECT complies with
various European EN and ISO standards

How is the RAL CLASSIC colour collection structured?

 

RAL CLASSIC is a collection of currently 210 colours – consisting of:

·         188 Body colors

·         2 Micaceous iron colours

·         5 Daylight luminous colours

·         15 Other Pearlescent colours

   

How are the numbering designations of the RAL CLASSIC colours formed?

The RAL CLASSIC colors consist of a four-digit number in combination with the letters "RAL" (e.g. RAL 1015). The first digit is a system code number (1: yellow, 2: orange, 3: red, 4: violet, 5: blue, 6: green, 7: grey, 8: brown and 9: white and black shades). The remaining three digits are chosen sequentially.

The name of a color shade (e.g. melon yellow for RAL 1028) is an auxiliary designation. For a definite identification of a colour and elimination of any errors one should use both name and code of colour in order to avoid confusion caused by possible transposition of digits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the differences between the RAL Classic guides: K1, K5, K7 and F5?

All of these guides give the same information, ie all of the Classic colors. The K5 guide has big advantage which if the area of color shown is much larger, plus the choice of Gloss or Semi-Matte is available. Where as the other classic guides are Gloss finish only.

Pantone Products:

What is the main differences between the original Pantone and Pantone plus range?

The new Pantone Plus Series contains over 1100 colours in addition to all of the original colors of the Pantone Matching System while adding a host of new colors for greater design flexibility.
It includes;

·         224 new solid colors in the new Formula Guides, Solid Chips and Color Bridge Guides (1,371 total solid colors).

·         300 new dazzling metallic colors in our new Premium Metallics Guide and Chips.

·         42 new neons (56 neons total) in our new Pastels & Neons Guide and Chips.

·         All of the original colors remain the same.

What are Pantone Solid Colours?

These consist of 1,113 Pantone colours with a reference, here are a few examples of Pantone colours; PANTONE 185 C PANTONE Blue 072 C PANTONE Reflex Blue M PANTONE 1375 M PANTONE 2755 U PANTONE 300 U  They are mixed and used as individual colours. The number should be followed by either C (coated), M (matte) or U (uncoated), dependant on what surface the colour is printed onto.

How can I convert a Pantone Solid Colour to a 4 colour Process of CMYK? 

This can be done using the Pantone Plus Color Bridge Guide, it is the only guide that does this? It is available in Gloss Coated and Uncoated

Can Pantone colours vary

Pantone colours vary depending on which type of paper or board they are printed onto.  Pantone help this by producing the Formula Guides and Chips books on the two different stock, C (coated) and U (uncoated).

What are Pantone Metallic Colours?

 

The Metallic colours is a separate range of colors, which is only available on Gloss. An example of a Pantone Metallic reference is PANTONE 8060 C.

 

What are Pantone Pastel Colours?

The Pantone Pastels colours is a separate range of colors, which available on Gloss or Uncoated. An example of a Pantone Pastel reference is PANTONE 9280 C.

What Are Pantone Chips?

Available in both coated and uncoated stocks, these are small tear-off sections of solid Pantone Colours, that you can physically send to a client to show the exact colour you are communicating about about, thus avoiding any inaccuracies.

 

What is Pantone Goe?

The Pantone Goe system is a recent system with 2,058 colors. These are all new colors and are different to the Pantone Matching System which has been used for decades. Examples of Pantone Goe references are PANTONE 32-4-1 C & PANTONE 124-1-2 C.

What is Pantone Fashion & Home / Textile ranges?

The Fashion & Home and Textile are the same products. Pantone market them as F&H but they are also known as Textiles. The colors are supplied either onto Paper, Cotton or on CD. They are the same color whichever material they are produced onto but as they are designed for the Textile industry they are most accurately viewed on Cotton.