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Dishwasher Repair: How to Fix Dishwasher Racks in 2 Simple Steps

Updated: Mar. 20, 2019

Save money with this quick fix

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A rusty dishwasher rack can leave rust streaks on dishes. Instead of buying an overpriced replacement rack, recoat and cover the rusty spots yourself in less than an hour.

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How to repair dishwasher racks procedure

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Rack Repair kit

Color-matched vinyl repair paint and replacement rack tips are sold at appliance parts stores or online for dishwasher rack repair.

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Step 1: How to clean the rack

Load a wire brush into a rotary tool and zip off the old rust and vinyl. Keep brushing until you get to fresh metal. Then paint a new coating on the tips of the dishwasher rack.

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Step 2: How to apply paint and new tips

Coat the freshly cut tip with vinyl paint. Then slip a new vinyl tip over the tine. Let it dry and you’re good to go.

Dishwasher rack tines break off or lose the protective coating at the tips and then you get rust spots on your dishes. New racks cost about $80 (and up). But you can fix your dishwasher rack in less than an hour and for a fraction of that cost. To rerack a dishwasher buy a bottle of vinyl repair paint and a package of replacement tips to match your rack color (from any appliance parts store or Cut off the rusted tips with a rotary tool and cutoff wheel. Then retip the tines (Photo with Step 2).

To patch a rusted area around a broken dishwasher rack tine, first clean off the rust (Photo with Step 1).

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Required Tools for this Dishwasher Rack Repair Project

You’ll need a rotary tool with a wire brush to repair a dishwasher rack

Required Materials for this Dishwasher Rack Repair Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your rack repair materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • Dishwasher rack replacement tips
  • Vinyl repair paint