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What is the difference between the new fiberglass mesh drywall tape and the old paper tape and which one do you guys prefer...Meaning what are the pros and cons of the TWO..Thanks :Thumbs:
 

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I only use mesh for repair work when I'm using setting type compound, all new work I use paper tape, pulled out of a banjo. Mesh is great for diyers and novice tapers since it's nearly impossible to get bubbles in it from not properly embedding the tape with mud.
 

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I use only paper. I love the potential of skirting danger of a hellasious paper cut when folding it for an inside corner and running your fingers down it to get it into a v.

Can you do an inside corner with mesh?
 

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I prefer paper even for repair work. I seen to always get a bump I have to float out with mesh. Never get that with paper. Plus sanding over mesh I get hairs all the time.
 

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I believe it is appropriate to use tape for sheetrock/drywall jobs. And mesh for veneer plaster jobs. With Drywall - tape has exceptional strength especially for inside corners like the where the wall meets the ceiling. It can resist movements in the structure - mesh has no strength. But for Plaster - plaster is the strength - and mesh acts like a 'matrix' kind of like iron rods in poured cement.

-PlainPainter

P.S. although I have seen some plasterers use tape as well, go figure
 
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