Great tip from Philip Chan.  Basically:

  1. Make a Material Take-off / Multi Category
  2. Add the Material: As Paint parameter
  3. Filter by this parameter = Yes (now the schedule is only showing painted surfaces)
From here, you can right click on a row in the Schedule and click “Show” – this will open a relevant view and highlight the element that is hosting the Split Face.  Nice!

Here’s his workflow:
Next window allows me to add fields to my schedule, I then notice there is a field/parameter called “Material: as paint”. Sounds like something suitable in this occasion.

As I move on to the filter tab, something interesting shows up…
I can now set the “Material: as paint” to equal to “Yes”, which means I tell Revit that this schedule only look for the “Paint” surface on all walls; the next filter rule, I can even set it to a specific material to be included in this schedule.

The last thing is to tell Revit to calculate total area for this particular material.

Once this is done. Volia! I can now let Revit to keep track on all my “paint” surface.


Dunn Edwards have provided an adsklib file for download that matches their paint colours to Revit materials.

I previously posted about Lysaght adsklib way back in 2011:
What Revit Wants: Lysaght Bluescope Colorbond Autodesk Material Library

I look forward to the day when all manufacturer materials come in adsklib format – would save us all some work 🙂

Here are the Dunn Edwards links:

Revit Materials 
‘adsklib’ file (20mb)
  D.E. 5000 – 5093 colors

(dropbox access request)

They also provide some informative videos —

Getting the adsklib into Revit:
Setting up corresponding colours:

Here is how you can assign a material parameter to a painted surface in a family:

  1. Go to Family Types dialog box
  2. Add – Material Parameter
  3. Paint
  4. Choose the material that you made – it will have the suffix (param)
  5. Done!  Save and load into project…

You can do this for multiple different materials on different painted surfaces.

This method was mentioned on the French ‘Mastering Revit’ blog:
Translated version of post

Original post
Revit mastering: Peindre

In previous versions of Revit, you could ‘re-paint’ surfaces using the By Category material.

However, this is not available in Revit 2012.

Instead, you need to use the drop-down arrow associated with the Paint tool – this will reveal the ‘Remove Paint‘ button (see image below).

Also, note that I have moved the Modify ribbon panel to be next to the Home panel.  Do you know how to do this?

Just hold Ctrl and click and drag the Ribbon Panel title to put it where you want it…

“the paint tool will open the Materials dialog, where now you can visually preview materials and access material properties in order to modify a material. You can see your changes without closing the Materials dialog.

Also, you can use the “Remove Paint” tool to remove a material that has been applied to a face.

Meanwhile, you can identify the quantities of materials used as Paint in material takeoffs.

 Paint Tool – WikiHelp:

EDIT In Revit 2012 and newer, the quickest way to identify paint is to use the Remove Paint tool.  This does not load the Material selection panel, and will thus be faster.  Also, switch 3D view to wireframe with Remove Paint to globally scan the project with your cursor for painted surfaces… are offering a free ‘Paint’ plugin for Revit 2010.

The features are:

  • Import and automatically create Revit paint materials from existing AutoCAD Color Book (.acb) files.
  • Search and filter hundreds of Revit paint materials by colour name.
  • Manage hundreds of manufacturers paint materials in Revit with ease, including Resene and Sherwin-Williams.
  • Paint for Revit 2010 – Beta (download page)
    RTV Paint ver 2010 – Windows 32 bit Installer
    RTV Paint ver 2010 – Windows 64 bit Installer, coming soon…