TransTint recipe to approximate Minwax Red Mahogany?

pbrisjarDecember 21, 2008

So I know Minwax stains are not the best product for floors. However, I love the look of their Red Mahogany (in the oil-based stain). Our plan (as of now) is to use TransTint dyes with a linseed/tung oil/pine resin/citrus solvent combo (probably Land Ark's stuff). Problem is, we've tested out several of the TransTint dyes and none of them are really working. We haven't tried their red mahogany as that's just too red looking in the sample. Their brown mahogany clashes terribly with our cabinets (Ash stained with Minwax cherry). I'm thinking combining the Walnut with some Cordovan would do the trick but Hubby thinks that's a bad idea.

What I want? A deep, rich brown with purply red undertones.

The dark spot in this pic is the color I want:

From Kitchen

The floors are white oak.

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sombreuil_mongrel

Start with brown mahogany and add pure red drop by drop until it matches. Make sure first that you are only a little lighter in tone than you want, because the pure red will really only redden the color, not make the overall value darker, if you follow me. The brown mahogany has black and orange dye in it; the amount of black sets the darkness value for the stain. You need to establish that at the beginning. Trial and error lies ahead for you on your quest.
Casey

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