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Color-matched vinyl repair paint and replacement rack tips are sold at appliance parts stores or online.
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Photo 1: 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 on a
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Photo 2: 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 yours in less
than an hour and for a fraction of that cost. 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 2).
To patch a rusted
area around a
broken tine, first
clean off the
rust (Photo 1).