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A guide for fitting your acrylic splashback


STORAGE

Do not leave acrylic outside in severe cold temperatures as this can make it brittle and susceptible to cracking.

Keep protected until ready for fitting – always protect printed surface at all times.

DRILLING

  • If you try to drill a sheet of acrylic with conventional metal or wood drill bits, there’s a chance you’ll end up cracking it.
  • The recommended drill bit for 4 – 6mm acrylic is a (new) step drill bit as shown on this page.
  • The acrylic must also be drilled on a flat clean surface.
  • Drilling from the front of the acrylic will leave a cleaner cut.
  • There is no need to apply excessive pressure on the drill. Let the drill bit do the work.
  • If you’re working with a thicker piece of acrylic, you can use conventional drill bits if you first place a piece of masking tape over the area to be drilled. If the hole is especially thick, spray some WD-40 to act as a lubricant. This will help remove chips and dissipate heat as the hole is drilled.

 


Cutting

For straight cuts in acrylic, a plastic-scoring blade can be used. With a straightedge as a guide, pull the blade toward you, leaving a score mark. Score the acrylic several more times along the same line, then place the acrylic on the edge of the table and use light, quick pressure to snap the piece in two.

You can also cut acrylic with more traditional blade tools such as a jigsaw, band saw, or table saw. High tooth-count plastic-cutting blades are available for these tools and are recommended. New blades must be used at all times.