How to Remove Paint Fuzzies

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Things You'll Need

  • 150-grit sandpaper

  • Pole sander

  • Hand-held sander

  • Paint

  • Paint roller

  • White woven roller cover

You just finished painting and now you notice that your roller has left fuzz on your wall which is now stuck in the paint. Most painting experts agree that repainting is necessary after removing the fuzzies because paint will also strip off in the process. The best way to avoid this problem is to choose the right paint roller cover for the job; don't be drawn by the low price of a lower-quality roller cover.


Step 1

Attach the sandpaper to your sanding pole or hand-held sander. A cheap alternative to purchasing a hand-held sander is to wrap a piece of sandpaper around a wood block that fits comfortably in your hand.

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Step 2

Sand the entire area that has been affected with roller fuzzies. Sand gently and slowly to allow the sand to grip the fibers. Occasionally, you will need to wipe the fuzzies from the sandpaper so you don't spread them to new areas of the wall.

Step 3

Brush or pick excess fuzzies from your new roller. Even the woven cover will have some loose fuzzies, so run your hand quickly down the length of the cover to remove any excess fuzzies. True Value Paint and FC&A Publishing suggest running a damp rag or sticky masking tape, respectively, over the roller a few times to remove these fuzzies.


Step 4

Remove outlet covers and light switch plates, then tape off areas that you do not want to paint.

Step 5

Repaint the affected walls. Assuming you primed and painted the first coat properly, you should only need to apply one coat of paint after removing the roller lint.


Run the lint roller you use on your clothes over the new roller cover a couple of times instead of covering your hand with masking tape. A lint roller is essentially a roll of masking tape attached to a handle, so it will work perfectly.


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