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Metal rack inserted backwards

I put metal rack in backwards and burned the interior of the microwave. Is there a repair kit for the interior to touch up the burnt spot?

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It will just have to be sanded smooth and clean and dried thoroughly.

Then you can apply some high-temperature appliance paint, available from places like Wal-Mart, Lowe's or Builder's Square.

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