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Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Nov. 30, 2017
Jan. 02, 2018
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Nov. 30, 2017  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Trading Symbol RPM  
Entity Registrant Name RPM INTERNATIONAL INC/DE/  
Entity Central Index Key 0000110621  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --05-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   133,665,724