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Resene colour chart archive

Prior to 1980 the paint colour range was much more limited than today’s colour palettes. Click on a chart below to get a taste for colours from older Resene colour charts, including some from over 40 years ago!

Heritage charts

If you happen to have an old Resene colour chart that is not shown, we’d love to get a copy to add to our archive.  Please send to Marketing Dept, Resene Paints Ltd, PO Box 38242, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045, New Zealand.

NB. These charts are from the Resene historical file. Please refer to current Resene colour charts for the latest colour options. You’ll need Acrobat Reader to view charts in this archive. The current charts can also be ordered online.

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Paint colour pursuit

Paint colour pursuit

Who would have thought that humble paint colours could be used to help fight crime?

As reported in the NZ Herald, criminal investigations in Auckland are now codenamed after shades of Resene paint because of fears that an off-colour label could cause offence. Detective Inspector Scott Beard has created a list of codenames for police operations using Resene colour names, including colour names such as Anakiwa and Beryl… more


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Colours shown on this website are a representation only. Please refer to the actual paint or product sample. Resene colour charts, testpots and samples are available for ordering online.   See measurements/conversions for more details on how electronic colour values are achieved.

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