Jetted to Soaker Tub Conversion

One of the big struggles I used to have with my house was the non-working jetted tub in my bathroom that I inherited when I purchased my new house. In the first photo, the “before” photo was the picture I took the day I looked at the house. You’ll notice I replaced all the hardware to brushed nickel in the after photos, but I promise it’s the same tub.



For many reasons, I wanted to work with the tub as it is if at all possible. I love the large tub but I didn’t like the jets and the uncleanliness of them. I had stopped using the tub when I noticed unpleasant odors a few hours after each use. Originally, I thought it was the drain but upon researching I learned how water goes into those jets and stays stagnant. Each time I used the tub, old water was coming back in there. Ewwww, I just shudder at the thoughts! Not to mention I’d occasionally find a small piece of black trash in the tub which I’d chalked down to that it must have come from the old water pipes.

Figuring out which way to go with this was not an easy decision, and in my typical over-analyzing fashion, I researched every option. The option that was ideal (jet covers) just is not available. After countless hours and numerous days of researching, I found this question by a patron of the website. Going through the 78 comments, I found a couple of solutions but the easier one seemed to be the door shield project.

I purchased 5 Door Knob and Wall Shields (3 1/4 inches) from Home Depot. Then I purchased 1 Marine Goop Sealant tube from Walmart and I was ready to do this.


It seemed crazy to put the door shields inside a tub but when I purchased them and took them out of the package, the hard plastic was convincing. “What do I have to lose??”

My tub has 4 jets and then the intake.  I removed all foam backing tape from all 5 shields so that they were  flat and clean surfaces. I made sure the tub and all jets were super clean and super dry. I took the Goop and applied it liberally to four of the shields.  (Please be sure to ventilate as much as possible and/or wear a mask as the Goop is quite strong.) Then I adhered each shield to a jet. I used masking tape in an “X” formation over each jet to be sure it didn’t slide or move around while drying.


(Please note, the “before” picture was one I took the day I purchased my house. The cabinetry and the faucet and hardware were converted from the old brass/gold to brushed nickel so it may appear slightly different in some of the older vs. newer photos.)

For the intake, this was a bit tricky. The size was too large so I used a Dremel to cut the excess off and then sand the edges. It does not have to be perfectly cut, just as long as it fits under the intake cap and is large enough to cover the opening.


Then I cut the notches out for the screw holes on the intake, using the Dremel. I took a little off at a time until it fit in the opening snugly.


Then, it fit perfectly over the opening. (Please note, this is clean, but that’s some sort of adhesive on it. It was bleached multiple times.)


Next, I purchased some Kwik Seal Ultra Premium Siliconized Sealant for Kitchen Bath and Plumbing applications at Walmart.


Since the recommendation was to allow the Marine Goop to dry for 72 hours, I went on to the next project, the intake cover.


Since the cover is full of holes, I decided to cover the holes with silicone sealant. First, I took the cover and squeezed sealant into each hole. Then I used my finger to make sure each one was full of the silicone and smooth. I made sure not to get any sealant in the holes where the screws go. I let this dry 24 hours and then I turned it over and did the outside the same way.

After 72 hours had passed, I caulked around each door shield, as well as around the notches I cut for the screw holes of the intake cap. I waited 24 hours for that to completely dry and then I screwed on the intake cap and caulked around that.


I’ve been using this tub for over a month with not one single issue noted. Not one whiff of an odor or one spec of any trash anywhere in the tub. SUCCESS!!!


Door shields were $1.69 each, Goop was $9.52 and the silicone was $6.32. Total cost for converting my non-working jetted whirlpool tub to a soaker tub  was $24.29 (not including tax).

Sometimes you have to be bold and make a decision to try something you are unsure of trying. This one worked, so I had to share it in more detail. I’m so grateful to jasond7123 on the Houzz website for pointing me in the right direction. Hopefully,this blog post does you proud!


22 thoughts on “Jetted to Soaker Tub Conversion

  1. Ed Frankle says:

    Thank you for this article. I also have a non-functioning jetted tub, and found it would cost thousands to fix it. Your ideas sound great, and I am going to try them. I do have one question. Since you filled in all the holes on the intake cover, and sealed around it, which is it necessary to fill in the intake port? Yours was a fairly simple notched circle, mine is in the shape of a pie cut in 6 pieces. If I fill in all the intake holes and seal the cover, won’t that be sufficient? What is the worst that can happen?


  2. The Cozy Loft by Rhonda says:

    Ed – You are so welcome! It might have been overkill to fill the port. Logically, it makes sense that the caulked holes would be sufficient. So far, mine is still holding strong. I’m so glad I tried it. If you don’t fill the port and it does seem to need it, you can easily unscrew it and fill it later on but I’m thinking you wouldn’t need to add that extra step. Please let me know how it goes for you 🙂


  3. The Cozy Loft by Rhonda says:

    Hi Erin! I’m sorry I’m just now reading this. I’ve been trying to redirect my blog to my domain and I think I may not know what I’m doing because your comment came on the old site that I don’t check often. It’s still holding up perfectly. On the beginning, I was very nervous about doing it because I really didn’t have many alternatives. Turns out, it ended up being absolutely perfect! Hope that helps and please let me know if you decide to try it. I’m working on getting these sites merged so hopefully I’ll know when comments come in in the future 🙂


  4. The Cozy Loft by Rhonda says:

    Hi Christy! I’m sorry I’m just now reading this. I’ve been trying to redirect my blog to my domain and I think I may not know what I’m doing because your comment came on the old site that I don’t check often. I didn’t do anything to fill the intake port other than the notched piece and then I put the cap back on but filled all holes in it with caulk so water wouldn’t go in and keep moisture between the cap and the holes. It’s still holding up perfectly. Hope that helps and please let me know if you decide to try it. I’m working on getting these sites merged so hopefully I’ll know when comments come in in the future 🙂


  5. Patti Stelley says:

    Hello, I converted my bathtub as well. It is a Kohler 6 piece and the intake. I completed this almost a year ago. It is still holding up just fine. I was skepticle at first. My tub still worked but could never get it cleaned. I tried everything! My daughters said the oh yuk worked the best so I tried it for 3 days in a row 2 times each day – even called the company and they said to try laundry soap followed by bleach then the oh yuk again. But still could not bath and use the Jett’s without the junk coming out. I am way into to being healthy and this did not work for me. I let the tub dry out for 2 weeks, unplugged it – then sealed those up!

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  6. The Cozy Loft by Rhonda says:

    Hi Patti!
    I’m so glad to hear that you did the conversion and are happy with it. Even the thoughts of those harboring bacteria was enough but when I actually observed visible debris, that was all I needed to make a big change. I don’t regret it for one second. Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂


  7. The Cozy Loft by Rhonda says:

    You are incredibly welcome! Please let me know how it turns out for you if you get a chance. I’m still very pleased with mine and everything is holding up perfectly after all this time. I’m excited that you’re going to do it too! 🙂


  8. L Dillard says:

    This may sound like a stupid question but here goes…how did you get the door shields flush to the tub without removing the jet coverings. The jets on our tub protrude out that I don’t think I could get them flush. Did your remove the outer covering to the jets or where yours not that far out? Just curious as we haven’t used our tub since we moved in three years ago. I am a total germaphobe. Thanks in advance for any tips.


  9. The Cozy Loft by Rhonda says:

    Hi! No, I didn’t remove them and they did protrude just a bit. I just cleaned everything really well and let it dry for a few hours. I put the shield over the top of them and then filled the small gap with caulk. You could carefully open one of the shield’s packaging and see what size gap there would be when attached to be sure this would work. I COMPLETELY understand about not using the tub – I am the same way. I’d much rather have a standard tub/shower combo in there because of the easy cleaning and it’s so practical. Good luck and please let me know if you get it worked out. I’d love to hear that you have use of your tub again or not 🙂


  10. June says:

    I really need to fill my jacuzzi tub jets and use it as a regular tub. Is this solution still working. Do you know anyone who provide service on this? This is a very difficult project for me to complete by myself.



  11. The Cozy Loft by Rhonda says:

    Hi June, Unfortunately I don’t know of anyone who provides these types of services at this time but will definitely keep an ear out for information. Hope you get it all worked out the way you are wanting. 🙂


  12. william webb says:

    did you have to remove entire jet housing and retaining ring, for the door protectors to set flush ( more flush ) with the tub wall ?


  13. Agnoka says:

    This is wonderful, and I am in the midst of planning my attack, using your instructions. Thank you! One question tho: how did you get your old tub so sparkling white?! Mine has water stains that I can’t scrub out. What’s your secret?


  14. The Cozy Loft by Rhonda says:

    No, I didn’t remove anything at all in order to complete this project other than the vent portion so that I could cap that inside, caulk the vent holes and put it right back on. It was a very simple project. Please let me know how it works for you if you decide to try it. Thanks! Rhonda


  15. The Cozy Loft by Rhonda says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words. Unfortunately I can’t take credit for that. I was fortunate to have purchased this house with a tub in really good condition. When cleaning, it varies what I use – most of the time it’s Scrubbing Bubbles. Please let me know how it turned out if you decided to do it. Thanks so much! Rhonda


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