Lite Sand Setting Compounds are lightweight, sandable, chemically setting powders used to pre-fill joints, embed joint tape and conceal joints, fasteners and trim accessories on gypsum wallboard. They can also be used for interior patching and repair. They are ideal for heavy fills because they are specially formulated to harden with very little shrinkage in a prescribed time frame. Setting times are available from 5 minutes to 210 minutes.

Lite Sand 5 - Setting time 5 - 10 minutes
Lite Sand 20 - Setting time 15 - 25 minutes
Lite Sand 45 - Setting time 40 - 55 minutes
Lite Sand 90 - Setting time 80 - 110 minutes
Lite Sand 210 - Setting time 210 minutes

For a complete product description please see the Product Data Sheet.

Technical Information

Product Data:

  • Color: Off white
  • Packaging: 18 lb. (8.1 kg) Bags
  • Coverage: Approximate coverage is 55 lbs. (25 kg) of powder per 1000 ft2 (100 m2) of drywall panel.
  • Storage: Rotate stock to avoid aging problems. Use within 60 days of delivery. Store in a dry place.
  • Shelf Life: Please see the "Technical Guide - Finishing Product Shelf Life" for details

For complete Technical Information, please see the Product Data and Submittal Sheet.


Joint Finishing:

  • Wallboard joints are normally finished using three coats of compound; the first to embed the tape; the second to cover the tape, and the third to finish the joint. Sandable Setting-Type Compound can be used for the first and second coats. Although the third coat is typically done with a ready-mix product, the Sandable Setting-Type Compounds can be used as well. For joint reinforcement the use of Fibreglass mesh tape is recommended. Apply the first coat to the joint in a band about 64 mm (2-1/2") wide. Center mesh tape over joint and embed with a broad knife. Allow to set, as per product specifications on the package.


  • These compounds generate heat as they harden. Keep the compound away from exposed skin during the hardening process to prevent burns. Do not apply or re-mix after it has started to set. Compound must be applied to a clean, dry surface. Use is limited for above grade applications. When mixing and/or dry sanding, wear safety glasses and dust mask approved by NIOSH/MSHA. Keep out of reach of children.


  • Allow to dry before sanding. Use 120 grit sand-paper and a hand or pole sander. Do not sand the surface of the wallboard paper.

For complete installation details, please see Installation Guide or Install Like the Pros.

Warranty Details

Since methods and conditions of application and storage, such as temperature, humidity, and over thinning are beyond our control, CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc. (CertainTeed) will not be responsible for the failure of this product when not used and stored according to directions and specifications and accepted standards of procedure inherent in drywall application; or when reasonable allowance is not made by the user for adverse weather and job conditions.
However, if this product proves to be defective, CertainTeed’s maximum liability shall be limited to replacement of the defective material only or refund of the original purchase price. CertainTeed will not be responsible for any other costs or expenses. These shall be the exclusive warranty and remedies provided by CertainTeed, including without limitation, the implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for use and fitness for a particular purpose. All claims shall be submitted in writing to CertainTeed within thirty days from the date of discovery. State or federal laws may provide rights in addition to this limited warranty that cannot be modified or excluded.


Sustainability Information

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Our products improve building energy efficiency and reduce building energy consumption for the life of the structure. As a result, they help conserve nonrenewable energy sources, decrease dependence on hydrocarbons and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

CertainTeed’s ongoing commitment to sustainability in our manufacturing operations incorporates the principles of industrial ecology, managing energy and water, and reducing waste.


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