How to Take Apart a Paint Roller Frame

How to Take Apart a Paint Roller Frame

If you’ve been struggling to take apart a paint roller frame, you’ll be glad to hear that there are a few effective methods to look at. Below, you can find out just some of our top tips on how to take apart paint rollers more quickly and easily.

Cleaning paint rollers, whether you’ve used latex paint, oil-based paint, or paint thinner can be an easy process which doesn’t need to be messy. The next time you have a paint job, implement some of the tips below to separate your roller frame and roller cover for hassle-free cleaning.


Your paint roller brush may have a release button built into the design. This makes it super quick and easy to remove the frame from the roller without creating a mess.

So, before moving onto any of the steps below, be sure to check whether your paint roller has a button built-in for quick release. The button will separate the paint roller frames from the handle. However, it doesn’t separate the paint roller cover from the roller. 

Paint Bucket Method

  • Grab a paint bucket and tap the roller handle on the bucket’s edge.
  • This will cause the roller to come off the frame gradually. 
  • Usually, frames that are straight come off with just one or two taps.
  • The frames with a rounded shape tend to take a few more taps for the roller to slide off. 
  • Make sure that the roller is facing downwards and tap gently so that any excess paint goes into the bucket. 

Bag Method

  • Start by wrapping the entire paint roller in a plastic bag.
  • Hold the frame of the roller and use your other hand to pull the wet paint part of the roller from the frame.
  • Wrapping the plastic bag around the roller end prevents the paint from dripping onto you and the floor. 
  • Once the frame and roller are separate, you can place the paint roller down a bucket or paint tray and get rid of the plastic bag. 

Paint Scraper

  • Start by using the scraper to remove paint from the outer layers of the paint roller before removing it.
  • Hold the paint roller over a bucket and make sure to push the scraper along the surface of the roller in a downward motion. 
  • This will ensure that any excess paint comes off and goes directly into the bucket. 
  • Hold the roller handle with one hand with the scraper in your other hand.
  • Keep the flat side of the scraper on the edge of your paint roller at the area where it’s attached to the frame and push it downwards to separate them. 


After reading through our post, we hope that you’re feeling more assured about the various ways to take apart paint rollers. These methods are designed to be quick and effective.

Not to mention, they will also help you to minimize any mess by preventing paint from getting everywhere. 

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