The pros and cons of Mesh and Paper Drywall Tape
By Mark J. Donovan
|Though not a professional drywall installer I have done my share of drywall installation projects. In the process I have used both drywall paper tape and drywall mesh tape. I have found benefits with both types of tape.
Early on in my drywall experiences I used exclusively paper tape. I first applied mud to the joints and then laid the paper tape into it with a 5 inch wide blade trowel. Some of my first drywall work showed blistering.
After talking to a pro, I learned I was not applying enough mud in the joint prior to applying the tape.
Second, I was pressing the trowel too hard and squeezing out to much of the mud. This caused the tape to not adhere well to the first coat of mud. So when I applied the second coat of mud, the tape absorbed some of the moisture in it, and pulled away from the drywall, creating the blistering. The lessons learned: First, apply a liberal amount of mud on the first coat (approximately 1/8th inch), prior to applying the tape. Second, don’t press too hard with the trowel when running it over the tape.
Most professional drywall installers do not use mesh tape on inside corners because they argue it is difficult to apply and is more susceptible to cracking.
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