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Gold Bond® XP® Fire-Shield® Gypsum Board

Gold Bond

Developed as an improved moisture resistant board with added mold resistance in the core and paper.

Product Overview

Improved moisture resistance

Provide additional fire resistance ratings when used in tested systems
  • Suitable for all interior and limited exterior applications.
  • Mold and moisture resistant, use anywhere moisture is a concern.
  • Type X Core is fire resistant and an approved component in UL fire-rated designs.

Gold Bond® XP® Fire-Shield® Gypsum Board was designed to provide extra protection against mold and mildew compared to standard gypsum board products. The face paper is folded around the long edges to reinforce and protect the core, and the ends are square-cut and finished smooth. Long edges of the panels are tapered.

With PURPLE® paper on the face side and heavy, mold- and moisture-resistant, 100% recycled gray paper on the back side, you can count on XP Gypsum Board to help protect your projects from mold.

XP Fire-Shield Gypsum Board panels consist of a specially treated, fire-resistant, Type X gypsum core to provide additional fire resistance ratings when used in tested systems.

GridMarX® are printed on the face paper surface to help installers instantly identify stud locations and make accurate cuts without having to pencil in or snap chalk lines.

For a 1/2” regular core product not used in UL fire rated designs use Gold Bond® XP® Gypsum Board.

Check the Fire and Safety Information for a more complete explanation of how fire resistance ratings work.


  • Use it in both wood- and steel-framed construction for interior wall and ceiling applications.
  • Use it as a tile backer in dry areas or areas with limited moisture, such as toilet or sink areas, and wall and ceiling areas above tile in tubs and showers.
  • Approved for use in exterior soffit applications
  • For use in specific fire-rated assemblies



  • Helps inhibit mold growth with the highest possible score on mold tests (ASTM D3273 and ASTM G21).
  • Features SPORGARD® technology with extra mold-inhibiting properties.
  • Has less than 5% water absorption per ASTM C473.


  • Fights the effects of moisture before damage can occur.
  • Dimensionally stable product with negligible expansion and contraction under normal atmospheric conditions.


  • Features a Type X core is more fire resistant than ordinary wallboard.
  • Approved component in UL fire-rated designs.
  • UL Classified for fire resistance and surface burning characteristics.
  • The gypsum core will not support combustion or transmit temperatures greatly in excess of 212°F (100°C) until completely calcined, a slow process.


  • Features GridMarX guide marks on the board to allow for faster and more accurate installation.
  • Save time and money with MaX 12® and MaX 16® optimized fastener patterns to achieve 1-hour fire ratings using fewer fasteners.
  • Scores and snaps easily, with no special handling requirements.
  • Ends are square cut and finished smooth.
  • Edges are tapered, allowing joints to be reinforced.
  • Reinforces the core with face paper folded around the long edges.
  • Lightweight, cost-efficient material that readily accepts a wide range of decorative finishes.


  • Qualifies as a low-emitting material per California Section 01350 and CDPH Standard Method, v1.2 For more information, visit:
  • Achieves UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage. For more information, visit:


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Product Details


Mold & Moisture Resistant, Drywall Panels

Edge(s): Tapered

Thickness(es): 5/8"

Width(s): 48", 54"

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