Sandpaper like finish

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Old 01-04-16, 12:42 PM
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Sandpaper like finish

Hello, first time poster here. We're remodeling our basement. We've done most of the work ourselves. However, we decided to pay a contractor to hang, tape, mud and sand the drywall. After they were finished we primed all the walls with Valspar Drywall Primer/ Sealer. Then painted with Valspar Reserve paint. The results we were left with were less than stellar. Most notably, there is a very rough, almost sandpaper like texture about 6 inches below the ceiling on nearly every wall. The texture is about the 4-5 inches tall. I've attached the best pic i could get for reference.

My main two questions. Was this a result of sanding, or a lack there of? Or was is the result of an issue with the paint/ primer/ technique? Lastly, if it was a sanding issue, is this something the contractor should come and rework? Or, if it was our issue, would a simple sand, prime, repaint do the trick?

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Old 01-04-16, 12:45 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

Was a texture sprayed onto the ceiling? also was the sanding dust removed from the drywall prior to priming?
 
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Thanks! No, the ceiling was sprayed by the drywall crew prior to priming and painting the walls.

As for the dust, thats a toss up. My finance was home with them. They said it was "ready to go" when they left, haha. I would say most likely?

Also a couple other things to point out. My fiancÚ cut in around the ceilings and corners the night before rolling the walls. The rough patches are only at the tops of the walls, not in the corners, anywhere in the middle, or near the floor.
 
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When ceiling texture is sprayed it often leaves residue texture on the upper part of the wall which is usually scraped off while wet but when that doesn't get done it should be sanded off the walls prior to priming.

Drywall finishers rarely remove the dust - that's generally the painter's job. Brushing over the dust often mixes the dust into the paint not causing much of an issue but with a roller it will pick it up texture the areas where it is deposited and sometime causing adhesion issues.

Anyway the main thing is to fix what you got Latex enamels don't sand well but that would be a place to start. If sanding gums up the paper without helping much it may be easier to skim a thin coat of joint compound over the the offending area, sand when dry, wipe [or brush] off the dust, prime and paint.
 
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Cool, thanks. Sorry, i forgot to mention, the ceiling wasn't textured at all. It was just sprayed with a flat latex ceiling paint... does that make any difference to your advice? Thanks again!
 
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No, I was just trying to determine what caused the texture on the wall - most likely was sanding dust that didn't get removed.
 
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