No paint area between parts

Last updated October 13, 2016 by Steel Extensions

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No paint area between parts



Purpose and description
System requirements
Installing No paint area between parts
Using No paint area between parts
Another way to create surfacing attributes
Surfacing Attributes
Additional information

Purpose and description

Use the No paint area between parts component to create a surfacing which represents “no paint area” between parts, also it will be shown in the drawings.

System requirements

Tekla Structures version: Not version specific
Environments: All

Installing No paint area between parts

To install the extension:

  1. Download the No paint area between parts installer package from Tekla Warehouse. For more information see Downloading an application from Tekla Warehouse.
  2. Install the file package.

Using No paint area between parts

To use the applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation


  1. Open a Tekla model that has a drawing.
  2. Click the Applications & components button  in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

  3. Search for No paint area between parts and then double-click to open it.

  1. Make desired modifications.

  1. On the Surfacing attributes tab select the option and enter the desired values.

  1. Click OK.
  2. In the Component Catalogcatalog that contains all system components and custom components, and the macros and applications

    , select the No paint area between parts component.
  3. In the model select the parts (it doesn't matter the order of selection).

The no paint area surface treatmentbuilding object that represents finishing of a part

The term surface treatment is used in concrete detailing. For concrete parts surface treatment includes surface mixes, tiles, and flat finishes, such as troweling and sandblasting.

The term surface finish is used in steel detailing. For steel parts surface finishes include fire-proofing and unpainted areas.

is created.

  1. Create a single part drawing of one of the beams.

Another way to create surfacing attributes

  1. Find Quick Launchtool that is used for quickly finding commands, dialog boxes, and other functions in Tekla Structures

    For example, local content in Tekla Warehouse can be found using quick launch.

    in the top right corner of Tekla Structures 
  2. Type Surface Treatment, in results list select the Surface Treatment... option

  1. The Surface Treatment Properties dialog opens, make the following modifications:

  1. Click OK.
  2. Go to the Surfacing attributes tab and load the surface treatment properties file that you had just saved.

  1. Click OK. For the modifications to be loaded, you will need to reopen the component.


Use the General tab to control the contact area and the clearanceset space between objects

In bolted connections, clearance is required for entering and tightening the bolts with an impact wrench. In addition to this, there may be a clearance for a fillet.

In welded connections, clearances are required in order to allow a welder to lay a correct weld.

Reinforcing bar clearance defines the minimum clearance or the allowed overlap for reinforcing bars when they are checked against other objects.

of the area created in the No paint area between parts component.

  1. Options

    Field Description Default
    Create for: Define the objects between which clearance will be created.
    The options are:
    • Whole contact area
    • Contact area with offset
    Whole contact area
    Define the maximum distance that can exist between two plates so that the application can create the surface treatment. 1 mm
    Define the offset of the content area.
    This field is active only if Contact area with offset is selected in the Create for list.
    0 mm

Surfacing attributes

Use the Surfacing attributes tab to select the attribute for which to create the no paint area in the No paint area between parts component.

  1. Surfacing attributes

    Field Description Default
    Surfacing attributes Select the surfacing attribute.
    The options are:
    • standard
    • (all other surfacing attributes you’ve saved in Detailing -> Properties -> Surface Treatment)
  2. Custom attribute

    These fields become active if option is selected in the Surfacing attributes list.

    Field Description Default
    Name Define the name that can be shown in drawings and reports. SURFACING
    Material Define the material grade. Tiles
    Thickness Define the thickness of the surfacing. 15 mm
    Color Define the color of the surfacing.
    The options are:
    • White
    • Red
    • Green
    • Blue
    • Cyan
    • Yellow
    • Magenta
    Cut by father part cuts Define if the cuts are made by father part cuts.
    The options are:
    • No
    • Yes
  3. Position

    Field Description Default
    In depth Define if the position.
    The options are:
    • Middle
    • Front
    • Behind
    Define the depth of the position. 0 mm

Additional information

  • If you try to create the component using an attribute that does not have the properties showed at paragraph Another way to create surfacing attributes, the application will show in the bottom-left side the following message: “Selected attribute “(name of attribute)” is NOT Steel finish type. See help for details."

  • When you create the no paint area surface treatment, the following message will appear in the bottom-left side: 'Created.'

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