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How to Repair a Rusted Dishwasher Rack

By: Joe Truini
Applying dishwasher rack coating to rusty tines on dishwasher rack.

Joe Truini applying dishwasher rack coating to tines on dishwasher rack.

The plastic coating on dishwasher racks can wear off over time. To extend the life of your dishwasher rack:

  1. Snip off the end of the rusted tines with wire cutting pliers.
  2. Lightly sand the metal to remove any rust.
  3. Apply dishwasher rack coating (available at appliance stores) to the bare ends. To speed the process, turn the rack upside down, and dip each tine in the bottle of coating.
  4. Allow the plastic coating to dry at least 24 hours before using the dishwasher.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 9th, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Hi, Paul! Thanks for sharing.
    Some folks can’t afford a new, or old, rack, so this tip’s for them. 🙂
    Glad to hear you had a quick solution, too!

  • Paul B. Says:
    May 9th, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Just buy a new rack. The problem will only get worst in time. Some of the prongs broke off. I bought a new rack for my 12 year old whirlpool on ebay for only $69.00.

  • David Ngiala Says:
    March 13th, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    We had numerous problems with older dishwashers in older homes and found its best to replace them.

  • BBRyan Says:
    March 11th, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Thank you!! I thought I would have to buy a replacement rack but your information will save me some money.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    January 19th, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, Paula!
    You can find dishwasher rack coat at your local home center.
    Multiple manufacturers make it, and availability varies by store and location.
    Thanks for your question!

  • Paula Simpson Says:
    January 18th, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Do you have the name of the product to repair dishwasher racks

  • Judy Jenson Says:
    October 19th, 2018 at 6:51 pm
    I have 2 stainless steel dishwashers by Monogram. The insides top & bottom roll out dish holders are rusted to the very bottom of the tine. It breaks off. I wanted to buy new inserts but they took them off the market. These were expensive. I have a kosher kitchen & it makes me very angry that I have new looking outsides & rusted away insides. I paid extra for all stainless steel. Didn’t realize they’d cheap out on the insides. How to fix this or is there something to buy that’s comparable! Thanks

  • Helen coughlin Says:
    August 20th, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Rust on bottom racks, ruingmy new white dishes..what can I use to repair this problem.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 28th, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Hi, Rintin!
    You could buy replacement tips and use vinyl repair paint for the job.
    Try this resource:

  • Rintin Mukherji Says:
    May 27th, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Some of my dishwasher tines are completely broken at the base. What’s the cheapest and easiest way to completely replace the broken ones?
    Thanks in advance for your response.

  • Patty Says:
    January 11th, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    My rust on my dishwasher rack is not on the prong tips, but at the bottom. I’ve even had some break off. I really don’t want to buy a new rack, but the epoxy I’ve used hasn’t lasted. Any suggestions?

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How to Repair a Rusted Dishwasher Rack