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Old 01-11-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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What is your opinion on using mesh tape on inside corners?
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I don't use mesh tape for any corners. In fact, I don't use plain tape in corners. I like the paper faced metal corners.

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Although, it's not easier to work with for corners, it can be used, but you must use hot mud.
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Although, it's not easier to work with for corners, it can be used, but you must use hot mud.
But only on the bonding quote. Subsequent coats can be whatever you want to use.

I would recommend that you use a premixed "top coat" or "light weight" as your final coat. There are too many adhesion issues with hot mud and paint.
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What is your opinion on using mesh tape on inside corners?
In my opinion mesh tape has no place in drywall, also metal backed paper face is a waste on money on an inside corner. Its all about the bed coat...
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But only on the bonding quote. Subsequent coats can be whatever you want to use.

I would recommend that you use a premixed "top coat" or "light weight" as your final coat. There are too many adhesion issues with hot mud and paint.

Yes, agreed. I usually do 2 coats hot and last coat(s) AP and that's usually on everything though since I only do smaller drywall projects.
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But only on the bonding quote. Subsequent coats can be whatever you want to use.

I would recommend that you use a premixed "top coat" or "light weight" as your final coat. There are too many adhesion issues with hot mud and paint.
If you prime it first, no problems. Paint is not pva primer.
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If you prime it first, no problems. Paint is not pva primer.
I always prime, but still have an issue. Sometimes will blister, sometimes crackle and others, no problem. I never have a problem when I top coat with premix.
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I always prime, but still have an issue. Sometimes will blister, sometimes crackle and others, no problem. I never have a problem when I top coat with premix.
Thats weird, I dont usually have that problem. I wonder if its a dry time issue. I 100% agree with top coating final application, if for nothing else easier sanding.
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You can use mesh in the corners.

You need to make sure you don't cut the inside corner when you are floating. Also I don't think mesh will give you as crisp a corner as paper.

I prefer paper tape...period.
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The tape allows some movement which is good, the mesh wont.
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And we're off and rolling. Let another 5 page battle on mesh and paper tape begin again.
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only place we use mesh is for small patch jobs. other then that. paper tape all the way. metal inside corners? why spend the money? a little overkill maybe. just my opinion.
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only place we use mesh is for small patch jobs. other then that. paper tape all the way. metal inside corners? why spend the money? a little overkill maybe. just my opinion.
Quicker, cleaner and looks a whole lot better.
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i agree metal inside corners isnt so bad, nice and straight . or at least a pro flex product. then paper never mesh except patches
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First things first...No!
Quite simply, no.
Dont put fiber tape in corners. Its just wrong.
It won't fold or crease nicely into the corner, so your left with a wavy fiber tape thats half rounded in your corner. Then when you go to pass your putty knife over it to coat it you're just going to end up cutting into it which means its useless anyways.
And as has already been mentionned, there's no room for movement with fiber tape. It wont flex.

I also agree with everything "ohiohomedoctor" had to say.
I dont personally think mesh tape has any place in drywall.
And beads in a corner!? So expensive...why?
Im sure it looks great! But so does my regular tape!

I might at the very most use mesh tape for a last minute touch up we missed somewhere around a plug or something. Thats it.
Or of its an old reno and im sure the house wont move.
I never ever use fiber tape in new construction. Houses settle in the first few years and there's just no flexibility in fiber tape I find.
Just my opinion.
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And beads in a corner!? So expensive...why?
Im sure it looks great! But so does my regular tape!
Like I said, cleaner, easier, straighter, and looks better. I don't base all things on cost. For $20-$35 a room, well worth the end result. 10-14 sticks per room (closets get tape), at $2.50 a stick, it's not "so expensive".

Just a lot less fuss and mess. It also doesn't require years of experience to figure out. I have had guys that have little to no experience, pick it up and run with it the same day.
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First things first...No!
Quite simply, no.
Dont put fiber tape in corners. Its just wrong.
It won't fold or crease nicely into the corner, so your left with a wavy fiber tape thats half rounded in your corner. Then when you go to pass your putty knife over it to coat it you're just going to end up cutting into it which means its useless anyways.
And as has already been mentionned, there's no room for movement with fiber tape. It wont flex.
I will agree to not using it as standard practice, but in a pinch it works. Careful tape placement and mudding will form a corner just fine. I've done it with no problems. Was it as quick? No, but it was quicker than a drive to the nearest supplier.

As far as cracking goes, I've seen paper tape corners form a hairline crack so that argument is invalid. Enough movement in a corner will form a crack no matter what tape you use. And so far, no cracks in the bathroom where I used it on most of the corners after 3 years.

Opinions do vary.
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Like I said, cleaner, easier, straighter, and looks better. I don't base all things on cost. For $20-$35 a room, well worth the end result. 10-14 sticks per room (closets get tape), at $2.50 a stick, it's not "so expensive".

Just a lot less fuss and mess. It also doesn't require years of experience to figure out. I have had guys that have little to no experience, pick it up and run with it the same day.
Ya if it works for you, who am i judge.
I agree with you that not everything should be based on price.
If you're only doing a bedroom here and there than thats great.
It just seems like allot more work to me, mostly because of the size of the houses we do. I couldn't imagine putting beads in every inside corner.
Props to you for making it work.
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I will agree to not using it as standard practice, but in a pinch it works. Careful tape placement and mudding will form a corner just fine. I've done it with no problems. Was it as quick? No, but it was quicker than a drive to the nearest supplier.

As far as cracking goes, I've seen paper tape corners form a hairline crack so that argument is invalid. Enough movement in a corner will form a crack no matter what tape you use. And so far, no cracks in the bathroom where I used it on most of the corners after 3 years.

Opinions do vary.
I will agree that it works in a pinch. If you have to.
But if its not quicker why do it?! lol.
And yes you're right, enough movement will cause anything to crack.
I just find there is less forgiveness in fiber tape. I didnt say paper tape wouldnt crack, just that I think fiber tape tends to do so easier.
And opinions do vary you're right.

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