How to Repair a Rusted Dishwasher Rack

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.
    1. Lightly sand the metal to remove any rust.
    1. 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.
  1. Allow the plastic coating to dry at least 24 hours before using the dishwasher.


  1. 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?

  2. 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.

    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

    • 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!

  4. 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.

    • 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!

  5. I have successfully repaired with SUGRU over rust in several places – bottom and top of spines. It is suitable for the high temperature. After 2 years it has lasted except in one place which I am going to attempt again by using a thicker layer.

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  6. We are renting and this is happening to our dishwasher. I don’t see the property managers for this base replacing our dishwasher.

    I appreciate how quick but informative this video was. This is something I could easy do myself! Thanks!

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