Schluter FAST-SET®

Specialized Rapid-setting Modified Thin-set Mortar

Schluter FAST-SET® is a specialized rapid-setting modified thin-set mortar specifically formulated for use with Schluter® membranes and boards.
  • Engineered for use both under and over all DITRA and KERDI products
  • Ready to grout in 4 hours for fast-track projects
  • Sag-resistant, smooth and creamy
  • Easy to handle and spread
  • Suitable for use with ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile, including large and heavy tile
  • To be used in conjunction with Schluter®-Systems’ uncoupling and waterproofing membranes (DITRA, DITRA-HEAT, and KERDI), the Schluter®-Shower System, and KERDI-BOARD
  • Meets ANSI A118.4TF, ANSI A118.11, & ANSI A118.15TF
  • Available in gray and white
  • Lifetime warranty when used with applicable Schluter® products
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Schluter FAST-SET® is a specialized, fast-setting modified thin-set mortar for use as a bond coat within tile assemblies that is optimized for use with Schluter® membranes and boards. Schluter FAST-SET® is smooth and creamy, as well as easy to handle and spread. It is sag-resistant and ideal for setting tile on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. Schluter FAST-SET® is suitable for use with ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile, including large and heavy tile, in conjunction with Schluter®-Systems’ uncoupling and waterproofing membranes (e.g., DITRA, DITRA-HEAT, KERDI, etc.), the Schluter®-Shower System, and KERDI-BOARD. Schluter FAST-SET® can be used in both interior and exterior systems and is available in both grey and white.

Shelf Life and Storage: 1 year from the date on the side of the bag if unopened, not allowed to freeze, and stored off the ground in a dry, cool area protected from direct sunlight, heat sources and the weather.

For complete installation guidelines and warranty criteria, please download the appropriate Schluter® Installation Handbook and view the installation videos available below.

Materials must be acclimated to ambient conditions and installed when the ambient and surface temperatures are within a range of 40°F (4°C) to 95°F (35°C). Tenting of working area may be necessary to shade the surfaces from direct sunlight and/or rain. Direct sunlight or high temperatures may cause flash setting or skinning of the mortar. If an installation is to be completed in cold temperatures, the space must be heated before, during and after the installation to ensure proper curing of the mortar. Combustion heaters must be vented for carbon monoxide safety.

Surface Preparation 1. The substrate must be clean, even, and load bearing. Any leveling of the subfloor must be done prior to application of Schluter FAST-SET®. 2. For concrete substrates, remove any waxy or oily films and curing compounds (if present) by mechanical scarification (take steps to not to breath in any residual dust). 3. When bonding to particularly dry, porous concrete, the slab should be moistened to saturate the concrete and help prevent premature drying or skinning of the bond coat. Excess or standing surface water must be removed prior to installation. 4. For gypsum substrates, residual moisture in gypsum screed must be 2.0% or less before installing Schluter® uncoupling membranes. Follow gypsum manufacturer’s directions for additional substrate preparation.

Mixing1. Put clean, potable water into a clean pail. Slowly add powder while beginning to mix. For installing Schluter membranes, use 7 – 8 qts (6.6 – 7.6 L) of water to 50 lbs (22.7 kg) of mortar. For installation of tile, use 5.5 - 6.5 qts (5.2 - 6.2 L) of water to 50 lbs (22.7 kg) of mortar. 2. Mix at a slow speed (<300 rpm) for 5 minutes. 3. Following this procedure will produce the best workability and help ensure maximum open time and pot life. For Schluter® membranes the mortar should be mixed to a fairly fluid consistency, but still able to hold a notch. Do not add more water after mixing.

Application To substrate: 1. Apply a thin layer of the mortar with the flat side of the trowel to produce solid contact with the substrate. 2. Using an appropriate sized notched trowel, comb additional mortar using the notched side of the trowel. Mortar ridges should run in one direction. 3.a. Schluter®-DITRA family of uncoupling membranes: Solidly embed into the mortar using a float, screed trowel, or SchluterR-DITRA-ROLLER. When using DITRA-ROLLER, place a weight (e.g., bag(s) of mortar/grout or box of tile) not to exceed 75 lbs (34 kg) on the DITRA-ROLLER shelf. Slowly move the roller from one end of the matting to the other, slightly overlapping successive passes. Lift up a corner of the membrane to check coverage. Proper installation results in full contact between the fleece webbing and the mortar. b. Schluter®-KERDI family of waterproofing membranes: Solidly embed into the mortar using the flat side of the trowel or a drywall finishing knife and work the membrane onto the entire surface to ensure full coverage and remove air pockets. Lift up a corner of the membrane to check coverage. Proper installation results in full contact between the fleece webbing and the mortar. c. Tile: Solidly embed the tile in the mortar, pushing the tile in a back and forth motion to collapse the mortar ridges. Periodically remove and check tile to ensure sufficient coverage is being attained (>80% for dry applications, >95% for exterior or shower applications –see ANSI A108.5). Back-buttering is a useful way to help ensure proper coverage, particularly when installing 12" x 12" (305 mm x 305 mm) and larger tiles. Clean all excess mortar from tile and joints while mortar is still plastic using a sponge and clean water. 4. Make sure to observe the open time of the thin-set mortar. If the mortar skins over, remove and re-apply fresh mortar.

To DITRA or KERDI products:

1.a. Schluter®-DITRA family of uncoupling membranes: Completely fill the cavities in the membrane. b. Schluter®-KERDI family of waterproofing products: Apply a thin layer of the mortar with the flat side of the trowel to produce solid contact with the fleece.

2. Using an appropriate sized notched trowel, comb additional mortar using the notched side of the trowel. Mortar ridges should run in one direction.

3. Solidly embed the tile in the mortar, pushing the tile in a back and forth motion to collapse the mortar ridges.

4. Using care not to release the membrane from the substrate, periodically remove and check tile to ensure sufficient coverage is being attained (>80% for dry applications, >95% for exterior or shower applications – see ANSI A108.5). Back-buttering is a useful way to help ensure proper coverage, particularly when installing 12" x 12" (305 mm x 305 mm) and larger tiles.

5. Make sure to observe the open time of the thin-set mortar. If the mortar skins over, remove and re-apply fresh mortar.

6. Clean all excess mortar from tile and joints while mortar is still plastic using a sponge and clean water.

Clean Up Clean tools with water while mortar is plastic.

Curing and GroutingMaintain ambient and surface temperatures between 40°F to 95°F (4° C to 35° C). Wait at least 4 hours at 70° F (21° C) before grouting. Extended cure times before and after grout application may be required if temperatures are lower. Install grout per ANSI A108.10, A108.9 or A108.6 specifications and grout manufacturer’s instructions. Protect the installation from heavy traffic and water exposure for a minimum of 24 hours to allow the mortar to set. Protect the installation from freezing for a minimum of 28 days.

Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheet FAST-SET White
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Safety Data Sheet FAST-SET Gray
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Product Table

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SettingMaterials
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Environmental Product Declarations

EPD - Schluter-FAST-SET
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Data sheets

FAST-SET Thin-set Data Sheet
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Handbooks

Shower System Installation Handbook
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DITRA Installation Handbook
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DITRA-HEAT Installation Handbook
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Brochures and Pamphlets

Thin-set Pamphlet
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Warranties

Thin-Set Mortar One-Year Limited Warranty
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Lifetime Thin-Set System Extended Limited Warranty
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What is the difference between modified and unmodified thin-set mortar?

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Dry-set mortar is comprised mostly of cement, sand, and a water retention agent, and is also called unmodified...

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Why did Schluter Systems change its position on thin-set mortar?

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We haven’t changed our position on thin-set mortar use within our systems. Developing our own...

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Why would Schluter’s modified thin-set be ok to use, but not other manufacturers’ modified thin-set?

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The key is predictability. Schluter Systems’ modified thin-set mortars have been specifically formulated to set and gain strength...

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Can Schluter ALL-SET® and Schluter FAST-SET® modified thin-set mortars be used to set tile over Schluter boards and membranes?

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Yes. All Schluter Systems’ thin-set mortars, including the ALL-SET® and FAST-SET® modified varieties can be used to set tile over DITRA...

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Can I use other manufacturers’ modified thin-set mortars to install tile over Schluter boards and membranes?

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No. Our position on the use of other manufacturers’ thin-set mortars within our systems in general has...

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What is the difference between the ANSI standards? Why do some of the Schluter® mortars have more than one standard on the packaging?

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More than one standard may apply to the product. a. ANSI A118.1 is the American National Standard...

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What is the difference between grey and white mortar?

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Certain applications where the color of the mortar affects the aesthetics of the installation may require the...

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Which thin-set can be used to install large format and/or heavy tile?

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All Schluter® mortars can be used to set large format and heavy tiles.

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Can I use Schluter® mortars to bond to a gypsum concrete substrate?

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Schluter mortars can be used over gypsum substrates. All gypsum substrates must be prepared according...

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Which Schluter mortar should I use to install glass tile?

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Please contact your Schluter representative or Customer Support at 800-472-4588 regarding the...

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What type of thin-set should I use in an exterior application?

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All Schluter mortars are suitable for use in exterior applications. Consult the DITRA Installation...

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Can I use Schluter® mortars in a submerged application (e.g., water feature)?

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All Schluter mortars are suitable for use in wet areas. However, the Schluter®-Shower System details...

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Can Schluter® mortars be used with moisture-sensitive stone?

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Certain moisture-sensitive stones (e.g., green marble) may require special setting materials. Consult the stone...

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Can Schluter® mortars be used with resin-backed tiles?

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Resin-backed tiles may require special setting materials. Consult the tile/stone supplier and Schluter...

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Can I use thin-set to level my floor?

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No. Thin-set mortars are not designed to level floors. Any leveling or sloping of the assembly must be done...

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Can Schluter® mortars be used as grout?

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Thin-set mortar is not considered a wear surface, therefore is not suitable for use as a grout.

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How much thin-set do I need to install tile over DITRA or DITRA-HEAT?

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After determining correct trowel notch size, based on tile type and size, refer to the mortar coverage chart...

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How does the trowel notch size change the amount of thin-set being applied?

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Notched trowels are metering devices. Notch size and configuration allow a specific amount of mortar to...

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What should the consistency of the mortar be to set Schluter® membranes (e.g., KERDI, DITRA, DITRA-HEAT) compared to the consistency of the mortar for setting tile?

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For membrane installation, the mortar should be mixed to a fairly fluid consistency, but still be able to hold a...

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After installing membrane, can more powder be added to the mixed mortar to achieve the correct consistency for installing tile?

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No. Schluter recommends making separate mixes for each process.

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Can small batches be mixed instead of mixing full bags of mortar for small areas?

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Yes. Schluter recommends mixing full batches with measured amounts of water to learn the correct...

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How precise must the measuring of water used for mixing be?

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The amount of water required to achieve the desired consistency will vary slightly based on site...

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Can you add water to the mix after the slake period?

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No, after the mortar is initially mixed no water or powder should be added.

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What is the working time of Schluter mortars?

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The working time, or pot life, of a mortar depends on the site conditions. In standard conditions (70ºF...

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How soon can I grout when using FAST-SET®.

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4 hours.

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What is the shelf life of Schluter thin-set mortars?

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The shelf life of SET and ALL-SET is two years, while the shelf life for FAST-SET is one year.

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