Drilling fine stoneware tiles and terrace slabs is not difficult. You only need a tile drill , a cordless screwdriver or a flex.
In this guide, we will show you what porcelain stoneware is, where it is used and when it needs to be drilled.
There are very clear recommendations for selecting your tool and helpful step-by-step instructions for drilling fine stoneware tiles or fine stoneware terrace slabs.
Porcelain stoneware is a popular material for indoor and outdoor use due to its beautiful appearance and durability.
Most commonly it is called:
- patio slab
- facade cladding
For various installations, such as attaching a lamp, the porcelain stoneware must be drilled, often up to 2 cm thick.
1. Be careful when choosing your porcelain stoneware drill ! - Not every drill is suitable for drilling fine stoneware
Not every drill is designed for the hard material.
A carbide drill can quickly reach its physical limits and easily overheat. In the worst case, it will even be completely destroyed.
In very few cases, this will be able to drill a 2cm or even 3cm thick and hardened porcelain stoneware.
The only way to drill fine stoneware tiles or terrace slabs effectively, cleanly and precisely is to use diamond drill bits for tiles .
1.1 What makes adiamond core bit the perfect tool for drilling porcelain stoneware?
A hard tile diamond drill bit is a tool with a diamond coated surface.
Due to the maximum achievable hardness of diamonds, this tool is ideal for drilling any hard rock, including fine stoneware.
The diamond particles attached to the steel body of the diamond drill are able to drill even the hardest materials with a scratch hardness of 9.
scope of application
|bathroom wall and floor||5|
|Terrace slab 2 cm||6-8|
|Terrace slab 3 cm||6-9|
The diamond particles do not drill the material like a conventional hard metal drill bit, but grind down the fine stoneware bit by bit.
2. What should I consider when drilling a hole in porcelain stoneware?
There are so many things that could go wrong when drilling. It would be all the more annoying with a beautiful porcelain stoneware tile, which could then possibly be damaged or, in the worst case, even have to be completely replaced!
- Never use the maximum speed unless absolutely necessary - the danger with a very high speed is that the diamond core bit could slip off when drilling and thus scratch your tiles. There is also the danger of exposing the diamonds to such a high level of stress that they no longer function properly.
2.1 What are the ideal number of revolutions when drilling porcelain stoneware?
Maximum number of revolutions of the diamond drill bit for porcelain stoneware
Up to 11,000 revolutions per minute
Up to 3,000 revolutions per minute
6-point socket for the drill
3. Drill fine stoneware tiles with a diamond drill bit
With us you get the diamond drill bit for fine stoneware in all imaginable diameters.
Available for the drill in the diameters: 6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm and 14 mm for drilling porcelain stoneware tiles with the cordless screwdriver.
Available for the angle grinder in diameters: 6 mm - 130 mm. Drilling for porcelain stoneware tiles with the Flex.
3.1 What other helpful articles are there for drilling tiles?
4. Instructions for porcelain stoneware Drilling a < 2cm hole with a tile drill bit - tips and tricks
Step 1: Clean the surface of your porcelain stoneware tiles if possible. Mount the tool on your machine.
Step 2: Transfer the desired drilling to your porcelain stoneware tile. It can be helpful to mask the drilling site with some adhesive tape to provide additional protection against possible splintering.
Step 3: Cover the surface generously with masking tape or masking tape. It can be helpful to make a kind of collecting container for the drilling dust. To do this, simply stick two pieces of masking tape together and bend the bottom part up. This will help collect the drill dust.
Step 4: Place the diamond core bit on the drill hole and set the rotation speed to medium for the time being. It can be helpful to score the drill hole slightly beforehand or to countersink it with a carbide drill. This helps the diamond core bit "catch" itself faster.
Step 5: Position the diamond core bit at a slight angle and start drilling. When the drill bit has "caught" you guide the machine into an upright position. Drill until the porcelain stoneware tile is completely drilled through.
Step 6: Check your drill hole for cleanliness and vacuum off the resulting drilling dust.
Tip: If the porcelain stoneware is particularly hard, you can add a little water to improve cooling.
5. Instructions: Drill holes in porcelain stoneware tiles
Step 1: Follow the instructions above
Step 2: The only difference is that the patio slab, if it is not already installed, is slightly overhanging.
5.1 Alternative: cut a hole in porcelain stoneware
A hole can also be cut using a diamond cutting disc for porcelain stoneware and an angle grinder. However, this is only possible if the hole diameter is over 10 cm.
Instructions for cutting a hole in porcelain stoneware
Step 1: Transfer the desired hole size and mark in the appropriate place. Important: The hole must be marked on the back of the porcelain stoneware tile or patio slab.
Step 2: Begin cutting the hole by placing the diamond blade in the center of the marked hole. Make an edge-to-edge cut.
Step 3: Make as many cuts as necessary (star pattern) until you can carefully separate individual pieces.
6. Popular tile drill diameters when drilling a hole in porcelain stoneware.
From our practice we know that there are certain diameters that are more popular or used more frequently.
Porcelain stoneware drill 6 mm - For small holders such as toilet brush holders
Porcelain stoneware drill 8 mm - For attaching toothbrush cups etc.
- Diamond core bit 35 mm - For drilling holes for fittings and faucets in worktops .
- Tile drill bit 68 mm - For attaching sockets
We hope we were able to help you with this guide and you manage to drill your fine stoneware tile or patio slab cleanly!