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LUCKY DAY WALLPAPER FAQS

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NEED MORE OF A CERTAIN PATTERN?

Because these wallpapers are all limited edition designs no longer in production, we recommend that you order as much as you need, plus a little extra for just in case moments, like repairing small tears in the future. Once these patterns are sold out, they are gone. If you need more of a specific wallpaper pattern, you can always reach out to us to see if there is any available.

WILL I NEED TO APPLY ADDITIONAL PASTE TO VINTAGE PRE-PASTED WALLPAPER?

You should not need to as there is no expiration date on wallpaper. However, we recommend trying out a test strip on an inconspicuous part of the wall or similar surface to see how well the wallpaper adheres. You may find that adding new paste is an easier and more efficient way to complete the project.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY WALLPAPER IS FROM THE SAME DYE LOT?

Also known as a run number, or a batch, using wallpaper from the same dye-lot is how you know that your wallpaper rolls will all match each other for color consistency. We recommend that you order all of the wallpaper you need at once. This will give you the best chance that the rolls will be from the same dye lot. We cannot guarantee that we will have enough of a particular dye lot to finish your project, but we will always try to get you the absolute best match.  

DO YOU HAVE MORE OF THE WALLPAPER I HAVE IN MY KITCHEN/BATHROOM/GRANDMOTHERS DINING ROOM?

We might! All of the wallpapers on Lucky Day were in previous collections from various brands, so if you have an older wallpaper in your home, we might just have it here. Try calling us at 800-366-1700 so that we can check for you.

HOW MUCH WALLPAPER SHOULD I BUY?

Most rolls of wallpaper are 20.5 inches wide and 33’ long. This will cover up to 56 square feet of wall, not accounting for pattern match. You can refer to our Wallpaper Calculator for more information on how much wallpaper you will need.

HANGING WALLPAPER

WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED TO HANG WALLPAPER?

Which tools you need will depend somewhat on which kind of wallpaper you are hanging. There are some tools that you will definitely need for any wallpaper hanging project. 

 

 

unpasted wallpaper:

  • Tape Measure
  • Bucket of Water
  • Wallpaper Paste
  • Brush or roller to apply paste
  • Clean Sponge
  • Level
  • Wallpaper Smoother
  • Work Table

pre-pasted wallpaper

  • Tape Measure
  • Bucket of Water
  • Water tray to wet wallpaper / activate glue
  • Clean Sponge
  • Level
  • Wallpaper Smoother
  • Work Table

 

WHAT IS A PATTERN MATCH?

Pattern match describes how one strip of wallpaper should be positioned next to another. If you’re having trouble lining up your wallpaper perfectly, don’t try to push it or stretch it into place. Instead, gently peel it off, and reapply it. 


Random match wallpaper is very easy to work with because the pattern does not need to be matched at a particular point at the seams. Some example of this would be grasscloth, vertical stripes, or some texture wallpaper designs. 
Straight match Each strip of a straight match wallpaper pattern should be lined up to match at the ceiling line for a horizontal pattern sequence. 
Drop match wallpaper needs to be matched both horizontally and vertically, and will not line up exactly when hung from the same starting point. There are generally half-drops or quarter drops. Half-drops will line up horizontally on every other strip. 

WHAT IS “BOOKING” AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH WALLPAPER?

Booking refers to the way in which the paper should be gently folded while the glue is activating. If you are using pre-pasted wallpaper, or adding paste to the back of certain wallpapers, this step is necessary. Once the wallpaper is wet, gently fold the ends in towards the middle and allow it to rest for a few minutes, whatever time your specific wallpaper indicates, before you install it on the wall.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I TEAR MY WALLPAPER?

No fear! If the tear is small and you fix it correctly, you may never see it again. If there is a snag in the wallpaper, you may be able to simply smooth out the torn piece, brush some glue on the back of it, and stick it back down. If you do that, make sure to smooth it out and wipe off any extra glue.


If you need to replace the torn section, as long as you have extra wallpaper, you should be able make a small patch to repair it. Cut out a piece of the wallpaper from your reserved extra wallpaper that is a bit larger than the hole or tear you are trying to cover, where the pattern exactly matches that area. While dry, place the patch wallpaper over the damaged area and cut out a shape that is larger than the torn area, cutting through your patch piece and through the wallpaper underneath. Gently scrape away the wallpaper from the wall that is inside of this new shape you have created. Apply glue (or wet to activate a pre-pasted design) to the patch piece, and apply it just like a puzzle piece inside the area. Gently wipe away any glue from the area and voila! 

SHOULD I USE PASTE-THE-WALL, PRE-PASTED, OR UN-PASTED WALLPAPER?

When it comes to wallpaper, most people just look for the prettiest pattern, but you may also want to consider what type of wallpaper you’re buying for ease of installation and ease of removal.


Paste-the-wall wallpaper tends to be the easiest to hang. The paste is, as expected, applied to the wall instead of the paper, which can cut down on time. This can be a great asset when you’re super excited and just want to see your new wall!


Pre-pasted wallpaper comes with glue on the back of the paper that needs to be activated by dipping it in a water tray. After this excitement, the wallpaper needs to rest for ten minutes so that the glue has time to activate. While it is resting, it should be booked, which means that it is gently folded in half (without creasing) so that glued sides to not touch each other.


Un-pasted wallpaper needs to be pasted before it is applied to the wall.  Mix up whatever glue your wallpaper calls for and brush it onto the back of the paper. Let it set in the booking position before applying to the wall. 

SHOULD I OVERLAP SEAMS WHEN HANGING WALLPAPER?

No. Do not overlap your wallpaper seams as this would make the seams more apparent when dry, and affect the pattern match. You should hang each strip of wallpaper directly next to the previous strip, with the seams butted precisely against each other. 

 

CAN I HANG WALLPAPER ON TOP OF OTHER WALLPAPER?

We do not recommend this approach. Your best shot would be to remove any old wallpaper before hanging new wallpaper. Walls should be clean of any residual glue or oils, smooth, and primed before new wallpaper is hung. Hanging wallpaper on top of old wallpaper can cause bubbling and peeling.

 

DO I HAVE TO PRIME MY WALLS BEFORE I APPLY WALLPAPER? 

Yes, you ought to. Primer prepares the walls so that wallpaper hanging will be a success. Coincidentally, priming also makes wallpaper removal easier.  

 

WALLPAPER REMOVAL

WHAT DO I NEED TO REMOVE OLD WALLPAPER?

Removing wallpaper can be super easy, or the total opposite of super easy. It depends on a number of factors, including how the walls were prepared prior to installation, and what kind of wallpaper you are working with. Many of today’s wallpapers will strip easily from the walls in solid sheets for very simple and quick removal. However, many older wallpapers are more of a challenge. To remove stubborn wallpaper, you can use different techniques. Wetting the walls to help release the glue and then scraping the paper off with a scraper is typically a time consuming but achievable way to get the wallpaper off. In some cases you may need a paper tiger tool, a wallpaper removal solution, and lots of patience. Here is a list of some tools that you MAY need, depending on how difficult your wallpaper is to remove.

      WALLPAPER REMOVAL SOLUTION

  • Razor Scraper and/or Putty Knife
  • Wallpaper Paper Scraper
  • Drop Cloth (to protect your floors from water & glue)
  • Water Bucket
  • Rags
  • Wall Sponges
  • Paper Tiger Tool

             

WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO REMOVE MY CURRENT WALLPAPER?

Removing old wallpaper is not always easy, but once you get it off, you’ll be able to put up your new Lucky Day treasures! 
The key to removing old wallpaper is to get the backing wet. You can use a wallpaper perforation tool to help the process. Then simply scrape away gently. Afterwards, you may need to fill in imperfections in the wall, and we recommend giving them a coat of primer. 

DO I NEED A STEAMER TO REMOVE OLD WALLPAPER?

You shouldn’t in most situations. If you’re using a good wallpaper remover solution and a perforation tool, you should be able to tackle it without a steamer. However, if you’re removing wallpaper that has been painted over or has multiple layers of old wallpaper, a steamer may help the process.

PAINTABLE WALLPAPER

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO PAINT MY PAINTABLE WALLPAPER?

You should wait at least 36 hours before you paint your wallpaper. This gives the adhesive time to fully dry. While you’re waiting, you can wallpaper another room, read a book, bake a cake, or stay up making the world’s tallest house of cards (you’ve got to beat 25 feet, 9 7/16 inches).

DO I NEED SPECIAL PAINT FOR MY PAINTABLE WALLPAPER?

Nope, traditional interior wall paint should work just fine! You can use any color you like, and if you change your mind, simply repaint!

DO I HAVE TO PAINT PAINTABLE WALLPAPER?

You do not. If you just want an awesome textured look, you can leave the wallpaper unpainted and enjoy your fresh white walls!

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