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 customers from all over the world send us pictures of their repaired dishwashers and Franklin from Germany just sent us these great before and after shots so I thought hey, let's make an Instructable :)
This is a simple repair that can save quite a bit of money.
Why sugru is good for this repair:
1: it's dishwasher proof
2: it's waterproof
3: it bonds to the different materials and protects them
Step 1: Getting Started
You have about 30 minutes to work with sugru before it starts to cure so you have plenty of time.
1: Open one mini pack (5g) of sugru with a scissors cutting along the dotted lines.
2: Peel open the mini pack.
3: Remove the sugru and knead it in your fingers for around ten seconds.
4: Shape the sugru into a flat sausage that is long enough to cover the damaged metal
if you find that sugru sticks to your fingers, just give them a quick wipe with dry tissue paper
Step 2: Apply Sugru to the Rack
This step is all about getting the best possible bond to the metal rack.
1: Position the flat sausage of sugru underneath the damaged rack - make sure the sugru is about 10mm longer than the damaged section on both sides.
2: Wrap the sugru around the wire.
3: Press the sugru firmly onto the wire to ensure you get a good bond to the surfaces.
4: Making sure that the sugru is longer than the damaged section (about 10mm on both sides is good)
Don't worry about making it look perfect yet, that comes later.
To remove sugru from your fingers, just use dry tissue paper, it works a treat.
Step 3: Get a Good Finish
Now it is time to make your hack look good :)
Gently rub your fingers along the surface of the sugru until it is smooth, be careful not to apply too much pressure to the sugru. After a little practice you will have a good idea of how much force you should use.
For an even smoother glossy finish, dip your fingertips in soapy water and gently rub the surface of the sugru.
Leave your repair to cure for 24 hours as the dishwasher is a very aggressive environment.