Hi, I have a 4-year old Kenmore Elite washer:
Serial: CK 4702946
Model# 110 20932993
The basket has spot rusts on it, around a few of the little holes. It's
starting to make rust marks on our clothes.
Is it possible to epoxy over the rust spots? Or will I have to buy a
I currently have an Email to Sears to see if it's under warranty.
My kenmore washer is rusty too.
I use an expensive spray can of white epoxy enamel paint on it after
sanding and wirebrushing the rust spots down to bare metal. Several
coats per instructions on the can.
It lasts about 3 years and then I do it again.
I depend on the store guy to tell me the best brand. But avoid the
bargain brand 99cent stuff.
Rust will start to appear at either your paint job or in new places.
Bleach products will make stainless steel rust, so you bank on it that
it's gonna happen again. Plan for it. That means plan on replacing
I agree with removing clothes as soon as the buzzer goes off, which
will guarantee no rust stains
Also leave the lid up and let it dry out between wash days and also
wipe it down with an old towel before adding clothes to wash.
You'll be better off sanding off the rust and applying appliance paint
on the bare spots.
Also, you might want to start removing your wet clothes from the
washer more quickly. Those rust marks don't transfer to clothes very
quickly. You must be leaving the clothes in the washer for quite some
That's correct. We first noticed it then. Now we're removing them right
away, until we can get this fixed.
It's a very nice washer otherwise. All sorts of options. I can't afford
one as nice, if I had to buy new.
There's a product called Extend used for automobiles. It reacts with
the rust, seals the metal, and turns black. Follow the directions
carefully. It is best to leave the lid in the open position after
every wash to dry out the basket.
Sears has the basket for $89, local pickup at any Sears store.
The basket porcelain has a lifetime warranty, and they will repair. The
visit, with labor, is between $110 and $140.
I found this site: http://fixitnow.com/sbrvrs/washers.htm
It details how the Kenmore direct-drive cabinets are opened. I am going
to pull the basket myself - this is an easy fix, now that I know how to
open the thing up.
I will post with any future discoveries or problems. Thanks for the
You will be spending almost half the value of a new unit. Baskets
are often well frozen onto a splined shaft and can be impossible
to remove. I think I would assure myself that I could get the
original basket to move before making the decision. You can
perform this experiment without taking the case apart.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Technicians use a small bottle of appliance paint to cover rust. They
cost around 5 bucks or so. Get one at any parts counter. You might
also check the warranty on the basket. If you are still covered for
it, you would just pay labor to get it replaced. These baskets rarely
seize to the drive block.
It's made for car restoration but will solve ANY rusty metal problem.
You don't even have to remove all the rust..
But it's pretty expensive and once the can is opened, it cannot be
closed and re-used.
Comes in only one color - black
I don't know if this will solve your problem, but here goes. There is a
product made by ironout inc. that is supposed to clean out soap scum and
mineral deposits from the washer. It's called washer magic. It's somewhat
expensive, but may be worth looking into. If it is like most products of
this type, they recommend to use it every few months.
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