How to Trim a Tub Wall Surround

A tub wall surrounds the top of a tub.
A tub wall surrounds the top of a tub. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Homeowners often choose to purchase acrylic tub surrounds because they are easy to cut and install. An acrylic tub wall surround can be installed in a weekend. To get the perfect installation, the tub wall surround pieces must be cut or trimmed to perfectly fit the space above your tub. If the tub surround only needs minor adjustments you can simply sand away the excess with fine grit sandpaper. Larger cuts to the tub wall surround will need to be made with a saw.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Drill bit
  • Jig saw
  • Fine grit sandpaper

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Decide how much of the tub surround needs to be trimmed. Measure the wall and transfer the measurements to the tub surround with a pencil.

Start the cuts in the surround with a small hole. Drill a hole in the tub surround with a drill bit. Place a fine-toothed jig saw blade into the hole in the tub surround. Begin cutting the tub surround with the jig saw. Apply steady pressure to the saw as you cut the surround, but do not work too quickly. This can damage the tub surround.

Gently smooth the cut edge of the tub surround with fine grit sandpaper. This will smooth the rough edge of the tub surround.

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