What is the best way to highlight indented writing on milk can?

by Vikki
I have a milk can I would like to paint and have the indented writing stand out. I was hoping to spray but may need to brush around the lettering?
  12 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 18, 2015
    I think the only way to stay in between the lines of the letters is to hand paint this.
  • Mandy Brown Mandy Brown on Oct 19, 2015
    You could use antiquing stain and brush it into the lettering really well (and all over the can) then wipe it off leaving it heavy in the lettering.
  • Ellen Ellen on Oct 19, 2015
    Antique it with a wood stain as a final finish, wiping off as much as you'd like, leaving the stain in the nooks and crannies of the letters , scratches and dents,
  • Lori Johansen Lori Johansen on Oct 19, 2015
    That was my thought. Use a deep stain and get it into all the nooks and crannies before wiping off.
  • Susan Martin Susan Martin on Oct 20, 2015
    Maybe infill the lettering with PVA glue or glue gun. When painted, peel off the glue.
  • Barb Thomas Barb Thomas on Oct 20, 2015
    Check out Sugru's site. They show pictures of it being used on "industrial" signs to refresh imprinted letters.
  • Rosemary Rosemary on Oct 20, 2015
    spray your desired look them brush paint in the letters with a darker or contrasting color :}
  • Nancy J Nancy J on Oct 20, 2015
    I have done it, just brush on your paint or stain into the letters and wipe gently but quickly over the surface, continue until you get the desired depth or darkness of color you want
  • Vikki Vikki on Oct 21, 2015
    Thanks for all the thoughts. Will post the results.
  • Barbara Allen Barbara Allen on Oct 22, 2015
    black permanent Sharpie is easiest & cheapest. $1.oo at dollar store.
  • Lindestorme McMahon Lindestorme McMahon on Oct 23, 2015
    Lightly spray paint it and if you want the letters to be different paint over them first and then spray it. I will stand out great and be beautiful!
  • Vikki Vikki on Nov 14, 2015
    The finished product! I used a spray to seal the rust, spray painted with grey Valspar and then used a paint pen to fill in the letters . Happy with an authentic milk can for the Crowley house. Thanks to all for the help!