How to Drill an Acrylic Whirlpool Tub

Written by joshua black | 13/05/2017
How to Drill an Acrylic Whirlpool Tub
You can drill holes in your own acrylic whirlpool tub with simple tools. (large bathtub image by Nikolay Okhitin from

If you are remodelling the bathroom in your home, an acrylic tub is low-maintenance solution that you can add to enhance the look of the room. Since each person's home is different, you may need to drill a few holes in your tub to allow your fixtures to fit correctly --- a simple task using tools typically found around the home.

Stick a piece of masking tape in the general area that you want to drill. Place the tape on the glossy side (inside of the tub) of the acrylic tub. This will be the surface that you are drilling. Smooth the tape down firmly with your index finger. The tape will prevent the finished surface of the tub from splintering as you drill it.

Measure the exact location of the hole that you wish to drill and mark it with a marking pen on the surface of the tape.

Drill a small pilot hole. Using a 1/8 inch or 1/16 inch drill bit, drill a small pilot hole in the centre of the location where you want the large hole to be. The pilot hole will ensure that the larger bit does not stray off course while drilling.

Drill the large hole. Using an appropriate-sized drill bit for the large hole that you want to drill, align the bit with the pilot hole and slowly drill all the way through the tub. Leave the drill running as you pull it back out so that the bit does not injure the surface of the tub.

Remove the tape and clean up any excess dust from the drilling process.

Things you need

  • Drill with bits
  • Masking tape
  • Marking pen
  • Tape measure (if needed)

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