DIY Drywall Repair: Paper Tape Vs. Fiberglass Tape
LESLIE: Harold in Illinois needs some help with drywall repair. What can we do for you?
HAROLD: What I’m really wanting to know is – I hear different stories about fiber mesh and paper, you know, for drywall? And my experience has been maybe fiber mesh isn’t for corners and butt joints and things of that nature. Maybe that’s just for paper. But which one’s stronger?
LESLIE: Now, Harold, I’m going to say this in a way that I hope doesn’t offend anybody but I feel like both are really great for a seaming application or a repair in drywall. It depends on the skill level of the person doing the seaming, repairing, application of either the paper or the fiberglass. Both are going to do a great job. It’s just that with paper tape, there’s a little bit more finesse as to how it needs to be applied, how it needs to be sanded, reapplied, feathered out to make sure that that tape really stands up and does a good job.
With the fiberglass, that mesh tape, the – it sort of has – the openings in the mesh itself allow for the compound to get in and behind it and really stick around. You still have to do sanding and layers and have some finesse there, as well, but it almost requires an artisan to do the paper work. That’s why, I think, when it comes to an average do-it-yourselfer, we tend to lean towards the mesh.
HAROLD: Oh, OK. That works.
TOM: Alright, Harold. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.