Painter painted over walls that weren't smooth enough
Were the patches primed first?
You need to sand and do what is need to patch the bad areas. Then prime and paint. If you have the paint left, you just need to touch up the repairs instead of painting the entire wall. If you don't have enough paint left, its best to repaint all of it. Otherwise the patches will be noticable. No two cans of paint are exactly alike - there are subtle shade differences even though the color is the same.
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