How to Restore a Vintage Milk Can

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Introduction: How to Restore a Vintage Milk Can

About: Hi my name is David, I have been working with wood since I was a teenager. I like to build things, also like to take things apart and fixed them. I worked in a Furniture Factory for 22 years before it shutdo...

In this Instructable, I will show you the process I used to restore this old Vintage Milk Can, from old rusty can, into a nice Welcome decor for my Mom's house. This Milk can, came from my Grandfather's farm years ago, I remember as a child my Uncle Milking cows by hand. They use to sell the left over Milk that they didn't use to a local dairy.

I have also included the video i made from my Youtube channel.

To restore this Milk Can, we will need the following:

Vintage Milk Can

Drill

Black & Decker Paint stripper pad

Dremel tool with attachements

Tack Cloth

Matte Black spray paint

Welcome decal or pattern

White Craft paint

small paint brush

Googles

Dust Mask

Pencil

Blue Painters tape

Step 1: Safety First

Before you start grinding on the can, Safety first, I put on my Dust mask and Safety googles.

Also I am wearing a long sleeve shirt.

Remember always Safety first

Step 2: First Step

The first step, is to remove all old paint and rust. I used a drill with a Black & Decker paint stripper pad, these work great, if you don't have one, you could use a wire brush.

For the smaller areas, I used my dremel tool with sanding pads and other attachments.

And for the Milk can lid, I put my drill into a vise and locked the power button on, and move the can lid back and forth to remove the paint off of it.

Step 3: Wipe Clean

The next step is to clean off any left over rust, dirt with a Air hose, then go over with a Tack cloth.

As you can see in the last picture, it was pretty dirty.

Step 4: Paint

After cleaning Milk can, now we can paint, I used Krylon Flat Black paint with built-in primer. Spray a couple of light coats from the top to the bottom. Allowing each coat to dry before spraying another coat, read the directions on can for this. Then let the paint to dry for a couple of days.

Step 5: Stencil

Apply a stencil of your choice with blue painters tape as shown in the pictures. Now I used a pencil to trace the pattern onto the can. If you wanted to you could paint over the stencil with a foam brush, but I like to trace and paint from the outline with a fine paint brush.

I used White craft paint and painted the welcome lettering with a fine paint brush.

Step 6: Final Step

After letting the craft paint dry a couple of days, spray a few coats of clear, per directions on the can.

Step 7: Enjoy

Now is time to enjoy your hard work, well it wasn't too hard. Remember anybody can do this with a few hand tools. If you liked the rustic look, lightly sand over and seal, but my Mom wanted me too paint it Black.

Thanks for checking out my Instructable, and hope this helps someone.

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    I have a can to work on as soon as spring comes to upstate NY. Thanks for this tutorial.