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Whats happening is called "flashing" its more pronounced in higher sheens and darker colors....you have both working against you :rolleyes:

When you prime new drywall, use at least a 3/4" nap roller to build stipple on the surface, this will help hide the joints/mud on your finish coat.

Finish coat - use a 1/2" nap and switch to a flat/matte finish, problem solved
 

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What kind of primer did you use? How many top coats of Semi- have you used? IMO it takes at least 2 coats of the topcoat for it to look right, some colors it will be three.
Of course if you used a poor primer then this will affect your problem as well.
 

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Thanks for the in-put! I will try NCPaint's idea on the nap sizes, and by the way, I was using a 3/8 nap for the primer as well. Sometime customers will not change the mind about going to a flat instead of the semi.
 

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Thanks for the in-put! I will try NCPaint's idea on the nap sizes, and by the way, I was using a 3/8 nap for the primer as well. Sometime customers will not change the mind about going to a flat instead of the semi.
Are they desiring a washable surface? They have a washable paint at SW, crap I just used it and I forget what it's called. It's something like a matte finish I believe. Not as shiny as semi but you still have to have nice walls to put it over.
 

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Thats something to keep in mind for next time. As stated semi's highlight every flaw, as do darker colors, so you have both working against you here. I always try to talk people out of high sheens on walls, but some are just set in their ways and theres nothing you can do. :rolleyes:
 
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