Dishwasher rust repair?
August 2, 2009 11:59 PM   Subscribe

My decade-old dishwasher's racks have started to rust through some blemishes in their protective coating. Can/should I fix this?

I could of course throw out the entire thing, but it feels a bit wasteful to get rid of an entire dishwasher because of a couple of tiny (but, of course, growing) defects. On the other hand, having to clean the rust off my cutlery after every run isn't fun either.

I was thinking of some kind of protective paint, but given the corrosive environment and proximity to my food chain, I feel a bit out of my depth here. Has anyone done this without poisoning their family? What am I looking for?
posted by themel to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Google "dishwasher rack repair kit". The kits are a little work but they're cheap ( <> this article worth reading.
posted by mosk at 12:29 AM on August 3, 2009

Oops, screwed up the link. Meant to add, this article on dishwasher racks is worth reading.
posted by mosk at 12:31 AM on August 3, 2009

If the rack is too far gone to touch up with the kit - you can just buy a new rack. Check to find the right part.
posted by COD at 5:41 AM on August 3, 2009

I used enamel - a small bottle of appliance touch-up paint. It was white and the rack was blue, but it stopped the rust from spreading well. It may be that ordinary model paint would work - it's enamel, too.
posted by fish tick at 7:50 AM on August 3, 2009

My rack is rusting and is getting rust spots on my nice Wedgwood china. So I've been looking at spare racks, silverware baskets, and repair kits on ebay.

Find your make/model number and input that -- my number is inside the top rim of the door, easily found, so that may be standard. Also: a rack may fit multiple dishwashers in a line, and smart sellers will list those model numbers so you can find what you need.

Good luck!
posted by mdiskin at 9:29 AM on August 3, 2009

Response by poster: Thanks! Repair kits ordered, I'll probably be back with a "how to remove vinyl goo from the eyes of your loved ones" question soon.
posted by themel at 12:16 AM on August 4, 2009

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