How to Install Tub Wall Panels

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What You'll Need
Wall panels
Caulking gun
Silicone caulk
Tape measure
Drilling equipment
Sharp utility knife
Hammer and chisel

Contrary to what most people believe, installing tub wall panels is not a difficult task. All you need is strong determination, ample time, and basic math. Follow these steps to install tub wall panels.

Step 1 - Choose a Particular Tub Wall Panel Design

Choose a wall panel your tub. The large selection of panel designs, shapes, styles, and colors provide you with much flexibility. You can opt for any design that fits your personal preferences. You may even use a combination of panel designs, shapes, and colors to create a unique tub design. Just make sure that the wall panels you choose complement the existing design.

Step 2 - Prep the Surface Area of the Tub

Prepare the area where the panels are to be installed. Remove existing hardware and any objects that obstruct work, such as soap trays, faucet handles, towel hangers, and shower heads. Use the hammer and chisel to remove them. Once the obstacles are removed, smooth the surface with sandpaper.

Step 3 - Clean the Surface

Clean the surface off all dirt and debris and ensure that the surface is clean before proceeding.

Step 4 - Take the Measurements

Carefully measure the locations of the faucet and spout. Exact measurements will guide you in cutting the panels to fit.

Step 5 - Drill Holes and Make Cutouts

Use the pencil to mark the spots where you will drill holes for the plumbing. The holes should be slightly larger than the exact measurement of the pipe.

Step 6 - Make a Trial Fitting

To ensure that the holes you drilled are of the correct size, fit the pipes onto the holes. Make adjustments as needed.

Step 7 - Cut and Install the Panels

Using your measurements as a guide, cut the panels to fit in place. Apply adhesive to the back of the panel and press the it firmly on the surface of the tub. Press only with your hands. Ensure that the entire panel makes contact with the tub wall. Repeat this procedure until all of the panels are in place. Allow the adhesive to set for 24 hours. Self-adhesive panels do not require extra separate adhesive. Just peel the backing and stick them to the wall.

Step 8 - Caulk

Apply caulking around the cutouts and periphery of the panels. Allow it to dry completely. Various types of tub wall panels may require different adhesive and caulking. Always refer to the product specifications and product data provided by manufacturers before proceeding with any DIY installation.