The Federal Standard 595 color system otherwise known as FED-STD-595B provides means of comparing colors
visually. It has its origin in the US military complex and is still used
there as the primary source of reference for military paint. The official name of of
the standard is Federal Standard 595B - Colors Used in Government
Procurement. Today, the standard is widely used for choosing paint not only for the military
applications, but also in government procurement, consumer and industrial products and design.
Fed-Std-595 is not being distributed
digitally by the GSA, General Services Administration. This site provides designers and
other users of the standard with digital renditions of colors in the FS 595B range together
with conversion data to other color systems such as RGB, CMYK, NCS. Many of the
colors have matches for pre-mixed commercially available paints such as Testors
Model Master, Tamiya, Gunze, Lifecolor, Humbrol, Vallejo, Xtracolor.
Here are a few examples of objects which were finished with the little help
of this service. We know that FED-STD-595 is used in all sorts of
applications, so please send us your own cool story! Submit by email to