Why is My Paint Roller Shedding + How Can I Fix It?

Paint roller sheddings are why you can’t get that smooth finish in your DIY home paintings. Given how vital that silky feeling is to a satisfying project, it’s no wonder the topic of roller shedding keeps coming up. Why does it happen and what can you do about it?

Your paint roller may shed fiber or lint if it is new or made from low-quality materials. You also get sheddings or fuzzies when the roller does not have enough paint.

This article details the various reasons for and ways to avoid paint roller shedding. Read on for our roller tips!

Why Your Paint Roller is Shedding

Do you desire a professional level kind of finish? Then, you need to know why your paint roller keeps leaving those unsightly fuzzies during painting.

You Are Using the Incorrect Type of Roller Cover

This is for those using an all-for-one paint roller cover for DIY painting tasks. Consider the roller cover’s nap length and fiber to get a smooth finish. 

For example, paint rollers may come with natural, synthetic, or foam covers. Natural fibers have an excellent paint retention quality but often leave fuzzies or lint on painted surfaces.

 “Nap” in this context is painting-speak for the length and thickness of the fibers on a paint roller. 

Your Paint Roller Cover is Low-Quality 

As a DIY painter, never hesitate to splurge on a quality roller cover. This advice will save you numerous trips to the hardware store and frustrations with your shoddy painting job. Like all home products, paint rollers differ in quality. 

Cheap roller covers will mat and shed loose fibers while dripping paint everywhere. Also, it does not spread the coat of paint evenly. 

You Aren’t Using Enough Paint

Want to reduce those fibers and lint littering your painted surfaces? Then, generously load your roller with enough paint. The roller fibers stick to the walls and pull off when there’s insufficient paint. 

Also, don’t try to squeeze the paint from the roller. Use the ridged edge of your paint tray to remove excess paint.

How to Keep a Paint Roller from Shedding

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DIY painters can avoid shedding via these methods:

Vacuum Cleaner

Handheld vacuums can remove pieces of fluff from roller covers. Place the suction on the roller, moving from right to left until you are satisfied. 

Lint Roller

Lightly scrub a lint roller on the roller cover to remove lint and wool fibers. Repeat the process until there is no more lint on the surface. Test your roller on a small surface to see if it is still shedding.

Duct Tape

Use a good ol’ duct tape to remove lint or fibers off the roller covers. You could also use packing or masking tape, but ensure the tape has a wide width. So, pull off about three feet of the tape without detaching it, and place the main body between your legs. 

Hold one end of the tape while using both legs to hold the tape body firmly. Now, use the other hand to roll the roller on the sticky part of the tape. Do it until you fill the sticky part with lint. Repeat the process until there are no more lines on the tape. 

Other DIY painters may wrap the sticky part of the tape around the roller cover and peel it off to remove fibers.

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How to Remove Paint Fuzzies from Walls

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So, you didn’t take the precautions to prevent the fuzzies. Now, these fuzzies have marred your smooth finish and your painting pride. Don’t fret. All you need is to follow these steps to remove shedding from your wall.

Step 1: Gather All Necessary Materials

Get the following supplies:

  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Pole sander
  • Handheld sander
  • Paint
  • Paint roller
  • White woven roller cover.

Step 2: Sand down the area affected by roller shedding

Attach 150-grit sandpaper to a sanding pole or handheld sander. You can also attach sandpaper to a wooden block and use it to sand down the area affected by roller shedding. Partition the affected area and gently sand it down.

Step 3: Remove Lint from the Roller Cover

Follow the steps in the previous section to remove lint from the roller cover. What’s more? Some DIY experts swear that damp rags are also effective for removing lint. 

Step 4: Cover Unaffected Areas

Start with the light switch socket and other electronic outlets on the wall. Then, repaint the affected wall. You will only need to add a second coat to the wall, provided you’ve added the prime and first coat.

How to Remove Roller Shedding or Marks on Ceilings

This is quite similar to removing shedding off painted walls. 

Step 1: Protect Yourself and Your Furniture

Use safety goggles to protect your eyes from falling debris during sanding and move away or cover all your furniture or appliances during this process. Better still, use a large tarp to protect your furniture.

Step 2: Sand the Affected Areas

Attach a coarse sanding sponge to an extension pole to sand down the affected areas. Then, use a fine-grade sanding sponge to create a slightly rough texture. Clear away dust particles using a wet mop, and partition the affected area with tape.

Step 3: Paint the Affected Areas

Paint with similar color as the unaffected parts of the ceiling. Remember to remove all fuzz or lint from your rollers before painting. In addition to this, do not oversaturate the roller with paint (it creates a mess). 

Apply new paint with light strokes, and overlap each stroke by an inch. Remove the tape after the paint is dry.


Roller sheddings on your painted surfaces deprive you of one thing: that sense of satisfaction in DIY painting. So, take charge of your painting and earn some bragging rights at your next cookout or family dinner. 

Perhaps, some of your friends and family will admire your skills and invite you to help out with theirs.