RAL colour matching systems can be a little different dependent on how the colour is applied. For example, a vinyl material with colour code “RAL 9001” may be different to a paint colour with the same code.
When it comes to paint, spraying can also provide a different colour to other methods. You also need to consider variances such as the drying/curing process and ‘gloss’ levels – especially with paint based finishes. This won’t directly change the colour but will affect how it looks, with a high gloss level being more reflective than a matt finish. The light reflections can change the eyes perception of the colour.
Remember, for areas or products where LRV (light reflecting value) is important or has regulatory restrictions, this can be a vital element to know.
For example, our lifts use a RAL colour that is sprayed onto the lifts. The gloss level on our 7000, 4000, 6000 and 9000 lift models is “12” (+-5), and the curing process is at 170 degrees centigrade for 20 mins. This means the LRV within the lift shaft is at regulatory levels.
Speak with your suppliers to discuss this and get the correct match.