Colour matching your powder coating enables you to apply this effective technique to surfaces and parts while ensuring they match existing colour schemes.
Although there is not an official cross-referencing system for powder coating products and colour codes, there are ways of converting paints to different values that match available powder coatings.
There are several ways of colour matching powder coating:
Powder coatings in the UK use these colour systems:
RAL comes from Reichsausschuss fur Lieferbedingungen, originally a German colour chart created in 1927.
As a colour standard, RAL contains some 2000 shades. Within this, powder coatings commonly use RAL CLASSIC, which includes around 200 shades.
Each RAL CLASSIC shade has a four-digit numerical code, and these shades are organised into different groups, such as orange, red/pink, grey and brown.
British Standard Shades
These include the two sets BS 4800:1989 and BS 381C:1996.
These British Standard sets are commonly used in architecture, construction and building refurbishment.
This stands for Natural Colour System, which originated in Sweden’s Scandinavian Colour Institute. NCS colours have eight digit alpha-numerical codes which refer to their levels of darkness, saturation and hue.
Currently, NCS is the most commonly used colour notation system in Europe.
The Pantone colour system is mostly used in graphic design, printing, publishing, textiles and\plastics.
However, where architecture requires specific branding, such as corporate colours, Pantone may be necessary as a colour matching system for powder coating.
Matt, Semi-gloss or Gloss?
Another critical factor in colour matching powder coating is the level of gloss you require.
This choice finish can affect the final look of your coated surface; therefore, you should specify it when colour-matching.
Colours can behave in different ways once applied. For example, light colours will reflect light, while darker colours absorb it.
UV light can damage brighter colours more easily, leading to problems with colour retention if there is prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Consequently, along with specific colour matching for your project, it is worthwhile considering the end-use of the surface or item you will be powder coating.
For more information about colour matching for powder coating, please contact us.