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by Ron Joseph

February, 2008


Q: Kindly let me know the full form of RAL?

(RAL refering to name used in standard shade card)

A: The following quote comes from

"RAL is a color space system developed in 1927 by Reichsausschuß für Lieferbedingungen (und Gütesicherung)—German for Commission for Delivery Terms and Quality Assurance, nowadays called Deutsches Institut für Gütesicherung und Kennzeichnung e.V. RAL started off with only 40 colors, but has since expanded to cover over 1,900. That color system is mainly used to describe paint colors."


Ron Joseph


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