Intro: How to Restore a Vintage Milk Can
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
Black & Decker Paint stripper pad
Dremel tool with attachements
Matte Black spray paint
Welcome decal or pattern
White Craft paint
small paint brush
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.