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Old 10-13-2010, 11:32 AM   #1
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Drywall tape: wet or dry?


Anytime I've done drywall, I followed advice I'd been given to wet the drywall tape before applying it. However, I've read several do-it-yourself books and none of them have listed this tip. Anyone thoughts on whether it's a good or bad idea?

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Old 10-13-2010, 05:24 PM   #2
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I've tried, I find it gets too sloppy and heavy to work with. I always have used the dry method and haven't had any issues.

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doesn't hurt if the mud is getting sticky but i've never set tape in anything but hot mud. with that i can get the texture of the mud a touch more runny than pre mix. on a 100deg day wet tape would make sense though since the mud flashes so fast when you lay it out
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Say what you will, but I love this sticky fiberglass mesh stuff!
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I think there are varied responses to this question. I followed a tip I read here that involves laying paper tape in a sloppy wet bed of mud pressing it in and another layer of sloppy wet mud over that then squeegeeing out most of it from under the tape then letting that set and dry before mudding over. That works well for me. Some feel that wetting the tape does not allow enough mud to set it the pores of the tape. So dry tape is my vote.
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Thank you for all for your responses! Sounds like it's more or less a matter of preference. I'm going to try it dry to see if it's any easier to work with.
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You won't see any professional finishers wetting tape prior to applying it. Don't know where the advice comes from, but I'd ignore it....
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I usually set it in dry, but if I find one spot of the tape isn't laying down nicely and keeps wanting to pop up a little, I'll spray it with a little water from a spray bottle to wet it just enough that it stays down long enough that I can go back with a second coat of mud.
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Here check this site out. This guy has a video on how he wets his tape;

http://www.drywallinfo.com/tapingjoints.html
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I have a mud box that puts mud on the tape then gets cut to length.
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Maybe our climate, but I've seen some sort of masking tape used here. I used the fiber mesh and it's wonderful if you don't have to sand it.
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You won't see any professional finishers wetting tape prior to applying it. Don't know where the advice comes from, but I'd ignore it....
Professional finishers also thin their first coat. The paper face of the drywall and the paper tape absorb water from the mud weakening the bond.
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We use a hybrid system. Paper for the corners and mesh for the flats.
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Try it dry. If you are like the majority of first time drywallers, you will find that you didn't get a good bond everywhere. (Dusty's remark above is SO true.) Then you'll probably want to give it a shot with the tape moist. That is why I always suggest to novices that they give their tape about a half second dip in a bucket of water.

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