How to Remove Lint From Paint

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How to Remove Lint From Paint
Remove small amounts of lint to keep your paint job looking good. (yellow paint image by Jennifer Griner from

Few things are more irritating that finding lint stuck to your paint after you finish a project. The lint can come from the air or even from your lint roller. Fortunately, small amounts of lint are removable and they should not severely damage your paint job. When your paint has large amounts of lint, the task is more difficult and time-consuming. Sometimes, if the lint problem is extreme, you may need to redo the paint job.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pallet knife
  • Rag
  • Tweezers

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  1. 1

    Shine a desk lamp or another bright light on the painted surface to expose any lint trapped there. The harsh light will make the lint cast a noticeable shadow.

  2. 2

    Dip the corner of a pallet knife into the wet paint and scoop out the lint. Wipe off the pallet knife with a rag and use it to smooth out the blemish left by the pallet knife.

  3. 3

    Pinch the lint with tweezers if the paint is already dry. Hold the tweezers at a 45-degree angle and pull the lint out of the paint. You may need to apply a small dab of paint to repair the blemish in the dry paint.

Tips and warnings

  • New paint rollers have a nest of lint just waiting to contaminate your paint. If you want to avoid lint from your paint roller, clean it off with a lint roller before you use it.

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