Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Federal Standard 595C Update

595 Federal Standard 595B has been revised to 595C.
The main reason for revising the document was to add 39 new colors, and to update associated media (fan deck and individual color chips). Revision B of FED-STD-595 was published in December 1989, and Change 1 was posted January 1994; . . . so the document was overdue for update/validation.

Federal Standard 595 is a document used to reference colors procured by the federal government. The new document includes 650 colors referenced by a 5 digit color chip number. This standard is used for a variety of federal supplies, but is most frequently used for paints and coatings (FSC 8010). FED-STD-595 incorporates a color fan deck (NSN 7690-01-162-2210) which provides a visual reference for each of the 650 colors. It also has provisions for 4-7/8 x 2-7/8” individual color chips which are used for spectrophotometric color matching.
Info from the: Federal Standard 595, “Colors Used in Government Procurement” Frequently Asked Questions.

Update: Change notice 1, dated July 31, 2008 - here

Bulletin: GSA no longer stores or distributes color media related to FED-STD-595, “Colors Used in Government Procurement”. Consequently, all media (color chips, fandecks, etc.) have been discontinued by GSA. Go here for details!

View Federal Standard 595C here as a web page!
Download Federal Standard 595C FAQ!
Download the Federal Standard 595C as a PDF file!


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