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.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
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How to repair dishwasher racks procedure
Rack Repair kit
Color-matched vinyl repair paint and replacement rack tips are sold at appliance parts stores or online for dishwasher rack repair.
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.
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 find-a-fix.com). 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).