Ral codes – Classic, Design and Effect

What are the differences between them?


Ral Classic

RAL Classic is made up of 213 colours. 

188 of them are solid colours, 2 are metallic colours, 5 are neon and the remaining 15 are pearlescent colours.

The RAL Classic colours have a 4-digit colour (e.g. RAL 7016). 

The first digit defines the colour range I.e. Grey 

(1: yellow, 2: orange, 3: red, 4: violet, 5: blue, 6: green, 7: grey, 8: brown and 9: white and black shades). 

The remaining 3 digits are sequential.

The colour name shade (e.g. Anthracite Grey for RAL 7016) is an auxiliary designation. 


Ral Design

In 1993 RAL introduced a new colour matching system, tailored to the needs of architects, designers and advertisers. The RAL Design collection includes 1,625 colours. 

Each colour is represented by seven digits, grouped in a triple and two pairs, representing hue (000–360 degrees, angle in the CIELab colour wheel), lightness(same as in L*a*b*) and chroma (relative saturation)


Ral Effect

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.



We can supply all of the Ral ranges in spray paint, touch up bottles or several forms of paint