I'm back after my first attempt at cleaning using 'Oxalic acid', I was very pleased and suprised at the results and they speak for themselves really!!
I found the jerry can on a pile of rubbish at a local garage so I saved it!
I believe it had been outside for a long time so as a result not much paint remained but i did uncover some in the nooks and crannies
Underneath its dated 1943 and is market on one side 'USA' and on the other 'QMC' .. not sure what this means, possibly something to do with quartermaster stores??
The medical tin I found under some car spares at a auto jumble so thought i would save it aswell
Anyway... here are the results of my first attempt!!
After: (was still wet)
Here is the tin as I found it:
And after cleaning: