If mesh was made so you could tape a whole job, corners & all, BEFORE starting the mudwork while maintaining a strength that would impress "paper purists", what more could you ask for?Hey Guys-I know there has been some heated debate over paper vs. mesh tape, but if you could improve mesh tape how would you do it? what would it be like? what needs be better?
The debate over Mesh is the strength so I would go with that, I think fibafuse is the next generation because it will run in auto tools where mesh never will. I don't think fuse would ever be self adhesive because it is too dense for enough mud flow behind it. For marketing purposes I would take the word "Fiba" out and lower the price, you would be surprised how many people out there would like a product and swear by it because it's cheaper. To sum up an ideal tape, it would have to work with all types of auto tools, be compatible with a/p and hot mud, and be stronger than anything else available....Oh wait...that sounds familiar...I would work on the product you've already got because I think you are on the right track.Hey Guys-I know there has been some heated debate over paper vs. mesh tape, but if you could improve mesh tape how would you do it? what would it be like? what needs be better?
I'd want the tape surface to be smooth enough to be able to box my butt seams without the blades hanging up on the tape like they would with mesh. Making a tape that is porous enough to load from the top, yet smooth enough to box would be challenging. If you can do that, and have it last better than paper tape, I'm in too.i agree with fenez. if i could just roll the stuff on the walls and coat it like regular mesh tape i would for sure use it on all my flat and butt joints. make it self adhesive and you've got me.
I can see your point. I think butts and tapers could be a world faster if a tape that stood up as well as paper could be rolled over then seam, and then just coated over with a flat box. That'd be faster than taping and wiping with a bazooka, then filling just the same after that.i get that you probably can't make the whole backside self adhesive. with the surface area of the tape it might not even come off the roll in one piece. maybe there could be one small strip of adhesive on each side of the crease. if you made the adhesive water soluble it would still become workable when mud was applied and you would still get a complete bond through the tape. it might have to be a second product that could not be used through the machines. just put a slightly different label on it on the inside of the roll to avoid confusion. i would only use it if it made hand taping easier. as it is right now it is no different than using paper tape except that it is more expensive and has a new learning curve and its own set of challenges. not interested in that if it does not make it faster. i don't care if it is easier to wipe down or if it is " possibly" stronger, paper is good enough for me. make it self adhesive and i will buy it by the box. i probably still would not use it on the angles but whatever. i just want something to make hand taping easier for those small jobs. i
I can see your point. I think butts and tapers could be a world faster if a tape that stood up as well as paper could be rolled over then seam, and then just coated over with a flat box. That'd be faster than taping and wiping with a bazooka, then filling just the same after that.