I was asked to make a couple of trucks for a friend of my mother's. They were going to be for her two grand boys and they were going to be the exact same. I changed them up a little and made the accent woods different. One was walnut and the other was a red looking wood from my grandfathers scrap pile I inherited. They turned out really nice and but I wanted them to be a little more different. I asked the lady I was making these for if I could try to paint their names on them. Anyone that knows me knows that I could not write these names free hand. I do have an air brush and I knew if I did it free hand I would have to sand a lot of mistakes out. So I opted to do it like etching glass. My mother is a major scrap book person and a while back she purchased a die cut stencil set. I cut my letters from that and put them backwards on a sheet of contact paper. Then I put the contact paper on the truck beds and cut out the letters leaving behind the sheet of contact paper. The reason I did this rather than just tracing the letters on the contact paper was because the paper stencil leaves a lip that is easy to trace with a blade. I then painted the names on to the beds of the trucks. They turned out really nice. It looks a lot better than my free hand. Here are the pictures of the steps.
Just a note: Push down the contact paper after cutting out the letters. The lip that helps you cut out the letters will let the paint bleed if not pushed down.