Dark Heritage Cherry HELP!

garytlove

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Needing a little chemistry advice on my latest project.

Finishing a mahogany body/neck - going for the deep wine red look that some SG's call Heritage Cherry.
Started with a dark brown grain filler, used red powdered dye next and got it to a decent red.  Maybe candy red, but not quite firetruck red.  Added more powdered dye to some tru-oil and have been putting it on in a dozen or so thin layers.  It has definitely made it red, not dark pink, but I would like to see it get more brown tone.

If I were to use a walnut gel stain, and apply in thin layers would I have any issues with the tru-oil I already have down?
Should I buy some brown powdered dye and add it to tru-oil and stay the course? 
Other options that I am not aware of?

Thank you for any input. 
 
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swarfrat

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It's a small forum. Give it time. I'm not an expert, but I think staying with dye is the safe route.  Stain might work, but over existing dye id be worried about getting too dark quickly
 

TBurst Std

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Yes stay dye.
Get some scrap wood and prep as you have the body so far.  Then try new dye mixes on the scrap.
 

TBurst Std

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And when you browner, if you actually
Mean more burgundy, try some dark blue in your test dye rather than brown.
 
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