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.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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