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I repaired some holes in my bathroom with drywall compound, but didn't sand it. The painter I hired said he would prepare the walls before painting. He didn't, and put on two coats of paint.

It looks terrible. How can I fix this?

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What exactly did the painter agree to do before he started the work? Because professional painters are not the same as professional drywall installers. Did you specifically tell him you wanted the walls sanded smooth prior to painting, or did he just agree to make sure there wasn't any remaining drywall dust? If the issue was not a communications breakdown, then the painter should definitely fix his mistakes free of charge. However, if you just told him you wanted him to prep and paint the wall, it's not so clear - he SHOULD have clarified, but it's not completely on him. Please add details. – Doresoom Mar 26 '14 at 15:46
Two coats of paint, or one of primer, one of paint? It's an important distinction. – Bryce Mar 26 '14 at 17:18
Shame on the painter for not making you aware that the walls were not really "paint ready". Sanding down a few repaired spots is not much work, I think your painter was lazy and didn't care what his work looked like. – shirlock homes Mar 26 '14 at 19:04

1 - Sand down the spot.

2 - Prime the spot.

3 - Paint the spot with a fine brush. (Brush strokes make it easier to blend the paint with the surrounding walls)

(After drying the paint should look like the surrounding wall, if the paint looks lighter add a second coat)

As for your painter, you probably should have told him you wanted a smooth wall. Painters usually just wipe the wall down before painting, they don't sand the walls unless asked.

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