Originally Posted by ToolSeeker
Since you love mesh tape I won't go there. For DIY the best would probably be all purpose(USG green lid) for your tape and lightweight (USG blue lid) for the top coat. Green lid has more glue in it and will set up firmer, the blue lid is softer and easier to sand. Hope this helps. You can use the quick setting compounds they are stronger yet but they are not very DIY friendly.
A quick semi-related question...
Does the blue-lid mud eventually become as hard, strong and stable as the green lid stuff?
I've used lots of both, but honestly have never paid attention to the "after priming and painting product" regarding toughness.