Help highlighting name of farm on old milk can- Any suggestions?

I’m removing the rust from an old dairy milk can. When finished I would like to highlight just the original raised letters/name of the dairy farm on the front of the milk without painting the entire can and still keep the rustic charm. Any suggestions? I don’t trust my steady hand in painting each letter separately. Maybe a light brush of faint paint? All suggestions welcomed and thank you!

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  • Sharon Sharon on May 23, 2018
    Roll some paint on a piece of flexible plastic or cardboard the height and width of the writing on the can, mask off the surrounding area on the can with painters tape, then lay the plastic with paint over the lettering and give it a light rub with your hand to move the paint onto the can. If it doesn't work wipe off and try again.

  • Rose Middleton Rose Middleton on May 23, 2018
    First spray the can with clear finish polyurethane, can be shiny or matte. Then rub over letters with dark brown or black wax. Remove any wax between letters with q tip.

  • Kim33485487 Kim33485487 on May 23, 2018
    Brilliant!!! Thank you!!!

  • Emily Emily on May 24, 2018
    Any value the can might have would be diminished by anything you do to it other than clean the rust off and I would not recommend being too scrupulous about that either!

  • Teacup8885 Teacup8885 on May 24, 2018
    Trace or paint the letters on one, n stick a piece of paper gently on it, use exacto knife to cut the letters out n use like stencil with spray paint

  • Ginny Ginny on May 24, 2018
    Maybe you can find someone who does stenciling that can do this for you.