Drilling into glass or tiles can be really tricky, especially if you have not mastered the art of drilling. The incredibly smooth surface of a piece of glass or a porcelain tile is what makes it so hard to drill into these surfaces successfully. With this step by step guide and some patience you will quickly master the skill of drilling into glass and tiles.
The first step is to select the correct drill bit for your drill. Your local hardware store will be able to advise you on which drill bit to use. Most hardware stores will recommend a diamond tipped drill bit as they are the strongest and sharpest drills for the job. You should also purchase the smallest diamond tipped drill bit available, as the small drill but will first be used to make the initial hole into the glass or tile.
The second step is to make sure you have all the correct safety gear on. Glass can break and shatter easily, so wear adequate protective clothing to prevent injury should this happen. Goggles, gloves and a breathing mask should also be used so that you do not inhale any of the tiny glass particles.
Make sure the piece of glass or tile has been properly secured before drilling. The glass or tile must be completely level and placed on a rubber surface if possible in order to prevent it from slipping. Mark the spot where you want to drill with a permanent marker. A useful tip is to use masking tape over the spot where you will be drilling. The masking tape will help to keep your drill in place when drilling and the tape will also protect the area around it so that your drill will not make any unsightly marks on the glass if it does slip.
Start drilling the marked area on the tape very slowly using the slowest speed on your drill. Remember to deactivate the hammer action on your drill before doing so. Once you have successfully drilled through the glass or tile, you can change the drill bit on your drill to a bigger one if you need a bigger hole. Remove the masking tape, and viola! A perfectly drilled hole!