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How to repair your rusty dishwasher rack

After years of service, the plastic coating on dishwasher racks are prone to wear and the metal frame rusts. It's only a matter of time before they break and become unusable.

Replacing these parts can be expensive and often the components are no longer available which means that you need to buy a new appliance!

Sugru is good for this repair because:
1: it's dishwasher proof
2: it's waterproof
3: it bonds to the different materials and protects them


  • Your bust dishwasher rack
  • A minipack of Sugru
  • Scissors

Step 1

Orange Sugru being applied over rusted area

Cut open your minipack of sugru and roll it out into a sausage and then flatten it, so that it can cover the whole way round the broken area. The length of the Sugru should be 10mm longer either side of the break.

Next, wrap it around the broken area.

Step 2

Sugru being squeezed and moulded onto dishwasher rung

Press and squeeze the Sugru to even out all the lumps and bumps. Make sure the Sugru has bonded well either side of the break.

Step 3

Sugru being smoothed over with finger

Smooth out the surface by gently rubbing your fingers over the Sugru.

Leave the sugru to cure for 24 hours, as the inside of a dishwasher is an aggressive environment!

Step 4

Sugru wrapped completely around broken rung

24 hours later and the Sugru has cured! Your dishwasher is back and ready for action!