Swanstone panels are installed around a tub or shower making a tub surround and installing directly into the drywall. Instead of finding a panel to fit what could be an odd tub or shower size, fiberglass Swanstone panels can easily be cut with a circular saw to fit. With the proper instruction, you can have your wall panels cut and installed in no time.
Things You'll Need
Measure the width of the back wall around the shower and record the measurement. Run a tape measure across the width of the Swanstone panel and mark the cut line with a pencil.
Place a piece of masking tape over the cut area. Rip the masking tape off at the end of the panel by hand. Lay the panel on a flat surface with the finished side up. Place a cardboard template over the wall panel and carefully trace the cut line straight across the panel on the masking tape. This will ensure a straight cut is made across the entire panel with the circular saw. Remove the cardboard template.
Line up the blade of the circular saw with the mark on the masking tape. Turn on the saw and press down firmly on the panel. Run the blade of the saw along the guide straight across the Swanstone panel. Cut in a smooth, even motion straight across until you reach the end.
Peel off the masking tape by hand and wipe away any fiberglass debris with a clean rag. Set the panel into the spot on the wall around the tub and verify that it fits properly in the opening. Repeat the process for any other pieces of the panel that need to be cut to fit.
Always wear safety goggles when working with a circular saw. Chips from the fiberglass panels can shoot up and cause damage to your eyes.