Looking for thinnest possible drywall tape for repairing cracks in old
I would like to keep the feathering as narrow as possible since I am
just doing repairs -- and I find the standard paper and mesh tapes to
require a fair bit of build-up to cover the tape and then feather it.
So what do you all recommend based on experience?
Also which do you find allows for thinner/narrower coverage and
feathering? paper or fiberglass mesh?
I only use paper tape and have never had any problems.
The mesh stuff is only recommended for use under the setting type mud per
USG web site.
Some people believe it resists cracking better but I am not one of them.
Ditto to what Colby said....Caulk will show with eggshell or semi-gloss but
cover pretty good with flat paint if you go that route..Never used "roof
patch kits" for drywall or plaster walls do I can't comment on that witch
doctor fix......Sounds like feathering is something you can't do very well
as paper tape covers VERY easily.....
I've had luck with this as well. I take one of those 5-n-1 paint tools and
run the point down the crack to remove anything loose then hit it with a bit
of caulk. Wait for it to dry and prime right over it. Got one room I did
this way about 10 years ago, holding up perfectly, don't even know the crack
This stuff is by far the best crack repair stuff I've ever run across,
and I've run across a bunch.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
The kit comes with 4" wide flat-tape that is much thinner than any
other tape and the vinyl spackling is very quick-drying and remains
flexible. You can put on two thin coats and paint all within half an
The product description talks only about exterior uses and doesn't
mention plaster or drywall repairs -- talks mostly about sealing and
Is this really the product you recommend for plaster and drywall
It's also rather pricey at about 75 cents per lineal foot.
Sorry, I was already on Amazon and gave you a link to another one of
their products. Here's the correct one from the manufacturer's web
Would I recommend it...? Yeah, I already did! ;) Seriously, the
stuff is good.
You can definitely go cheaper, but you won't go faster or flatter.
I'm indifferent to mesh tape, until there is a reason to go back into
a section repaired with it, then I curse it to high heaven. With the
paper tape you can make clean cuts and leave the old repair mostly
intact. With the mesh it invariably tears and falls apart, making a
small job huge. I only use paper tape.
What's the big deal about cutting the fiberglass tape with a razor
knife? Cut first, pull mesh tape after. If you're not using a sharp
blade, or not going deep enough to cut all the way through the mesh,
that's not a problem with the mesh.
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