Dishwasher Repair: How to Fix Dishwasher Racks in 2 Simple Steps
Save money with this quick fix
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
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).
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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.