Apply mesh tape over drywall joint compound, known as mud plaster to cover seams and spaces gives it softness and impeccable appearance to the walls. The mesh tape has an adhesive side that sticks to the drywall and is easier to implement than any other drywall paper tape. Paper tapes should be established in the mud plaster to keep it in place. Manufacturers create tape by weaving fine wire mesh fiberglass and by adhering to an adhesive tape. The design fabric offers points of entry to the mud plaster penetrate the tape and unify with panels safer than with paper tape form.
- Apply a layer of mud plaster to sewing, repair or edge space with a flexible spatula. Spreads a thin layer of mud from 1 to 1 1/2 inches (2.5 cm to 3.8 cm) past the edges of the seam on each side. Pressing the clay into the seam, filling it and causing it to flow to the wall surface.
- Place the free end of the mesh tape to 1/2 or 1 inch (1.3 cm to 2.5 cm) above the seam to repair. If you’re taping a long seam tape placed above the upper edge of the drywall, as close as possible to the roof or corner. Press the end of the tape in place on the drywall.
- Unroll the tape along or across the seam. Press the mesh belt in mud plaster with flexible spatula. Make sure that there are no bumps or folds in the tape. It should be flat and smooth. Move the knife back and forth through the tape to ensure it is firmly attached.
- Cut the end of the mesh tape with a knife about 1/2 to 1 inch (1.3 cm to 2.5 cm) below the seam.
- Apply a light coat of mud plaster on mesh tape, extending 1/2 to 3/4 inch (1.3 cm to 1.9 cm) past the edge of the tape. Lighten the edges of mud as you move away from the tape. Apply another thin layer of mud on the first layer recursive the same way as the first.
- Allow the plaster to dry completely; it usually takes one to two hours.
- Get sanding block and fine sandpaper. Sand the surface of the clay to achieve smooth and level.
Tips & Warnings:
- Use goggles and a mask when sanding drywall. Utilize long continuous mesh plaster pieces to achieve a smooth finish.