Fiberglass mesh is a neatly woven, crisscross pattern of fiberglass thread that is used to create new products such as tape and
filters. When it is used as a filter, it is not uncommon for the
manufacturer to spray a PVC coating to make it stronger and last longer. The most common place
to find fiberglass mesh is in tape products.
Drywall finishers use the mesh frequently. In fact, it is common to replace
the paper tape used to float the joint between two pieces of
drywall. The mesh that drywall finishers use comes on a roll just
like paper drywall tape. The added benefit for the drywall finisher
is to roll out the mesh over a great distance before having to
apply the first coat of joint compound. Not only does it help them in this manner, but it also causes a
stronger bond between the joint compound, the tape and the wall.
Drywall finishers also use this tape to patch holes. The most
common hole in the drywall generally occurs where a doorknob has
hit a wall too many times. If it is only slightly damaged, a couple
of short pieces of the tape will be formed into a square and placed
over the hole. A joint compound will then be applied directly to
it. If the hole is too large to patch with fiberglass mesh alone, a
piece of metal flashing can be added behind the tape before
applying joint compound. Construction work is not the only use for fiberglass mesh.
As a filtering system, alkali resistant fiberglass mesh works really well. As the water
flows through it, the mesh catches even the smallest impurities. In
addition to this use, it can also be used as a mosquito net.
Finally, fiberglass mesh is sometimes woven into protective clothing used by those who work with dangerous chemicals or firefighters.
Tightly woven mesh is put together and shaped into jackets that
firemen wear when they are battling a blaze. It protects them from
any fire that might ignite their clothing while fighting a fire.
Fiberglass mesh can also be used in mold making and as protection