How to Use Mesh Drywall Tape

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Although professionals typically will use paper drywall tape to cover the joints between drywall panels, there are situations when mesh drywall tape is a good choice. The major benefit of mesh drywall tape is the ease of its installation. Because it is self-adhesive, there is no need to embed the tape into a layer of joint compound, as paper drywall tape requires. But the final product will not be as strong. For this reason, it is important to use setting-type joint compound to install mesh drywall tape. It will give the joint added strength.

Things You'll Need

  • Mesh drywall tape Drywall knife Scissors Setting-type joint compound 100 grit sandpaper
  • Using your drywall knife, scrape any loose debris off the joint.

  • Cut the mesh drywall tape to size.

  • Lay the drywall mesh tape over the joint, taking care to keep it centered. The mesh tape is self-adhesive.

  • Using your drywall knife, lay a thick coat of joint compound over the mesh tape.

  • Sand the joint, if necessary, once the joint compound has dried.

  • Lay one more coat over the mesh tape.

  • Sand the joint again, if necessary, once the joint compound has dried.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't use mesh drywall tape for interior angles. It is difficult to install and will crack easily.

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