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See the below image. Do I need to replace the entire tray, or is there some kind of fix I could do to the corroding area on the tray?

If I need to replace the entire tray, is this something that has a degree of standardization?

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The racks in virtually all dishwashers are unique to the particular models from each manufacturer. In other words no standardization.

It is possible to imagine that it may be possible to clean up the rust and corrosion on the wires of the rack. Doing so would require removal of the plastic coating that covers the afflicted area. After you get it all cleaned up you would have to apply a new coating to the wires that would also bond to the rest of the existing wire coating.

It is possible to purchase the plastic coating material specifically for this type of repair.

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Going to give this a try. I'll post back here with the result. Thanks! –  maxedison Nov 8 '12 at 23:27
Only about a week into using the repaired racks, but so far so good! I used a bolt cutter to clip out the larger sections of rust, and a rotary tool with attached steel wire brush to sand off smaller areas. I then used the pictured product, applying liberally 3-4 coats. We'll see how it holds up in the longer term, but I'm optimistic. –  maxedison Dec 6 '12 at 22:49

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