Do you wet paper drywall tape?
In this regard, how do you use paper drywall tape?
Lay on the paper tape and lightly smooth it into the mud with your knife (Photo 3). Finally, spread a thin coat of mud over the top of the tape. Make light strokes with your knife. Pressing too hard will flex the blade and depress the compound, leaving you with more filling to do with the next coat.
Also to know, do you need to tape drywall patches?
Yes you need tape. Otherwise the joints will crack. You should also scrape away the existing drywall around the joint to make room to bed the tape and make a flush, smooth repair. You just need slightly more than the thickness of the tape.
In general, paper drywall tape is slightly stronger and more versatile, but mesh tape has a more manageable learning curve and better moisture resistance.