Model Paint Conversion Charts

Welcome to ModelShade, the most comprehensive conversion tool for model paint colors

Latest Updates

  • 7th November 2019 - You can now match from RAL and Federal Standard and Luftwaffe RLM color codes

    We have added data for RAL, RLM and Federal Standard color codes into the options, Select them from the "Convert From" table. If you have other paint codes you want to convert from then get in touch and let us know

  • 9th October 2019 - We are on Twitter! Twitter

    Follow @ModelShade on Twitter for updates to the paint conversion tool and other model related content

  • 2nd September 2019 - Fixed some bugs

    One of our visitors pointed out a bug with the back button, all fixed now thank you Joe! If you spot any bugs please let us know

  • 30th June 2019 - color matching algorithm improved

    The algorithm for matching colors not on one of our charts has been improved to work better with matt/gloss finishes and metallic paints.

  • 8th April 2019 - New Product Ranges Added!

    We have now included Vallejo's Model Air range of acrylic paints designed specifically for airbrushes. Select MODEL AIR from the Convert From or results filters

How it works

Select a paint manufacturer to convert from

Search for a source paint and see the closest matches across all the paint manufacturers we have data for

Each match is rated based on how many conversion charts it appears on, combined with the results of our color matching algorithm.

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Paint Matching Algorithm

The matching tool will attempt to find multiple matches for each paint, so alongside official chart matches we also show colors matched using the CIE94 color matching algorithm. CIE94 is an algorithm devised by the International Commission on Illumination as a way to judge difference in perceived color. We use color information for over 2000 paints obtained directly from manufacturer's websites, so although representing paint color on a computer/mobile screen is far from perfect, it really is the best we can do.

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