I refinished the mahogany (Honduran) on a 1959 Owens cruising boat.
Much of the wood was completely bleached since it hadn't been taken
care of for many years and completely exposed to the weather.
I used a marine stain filler and the color was beautiful and
consistent. It produced a brilliant translucent grain similar to the
finish on my 1928 Schulz upright. The type I used was Pettit Specialty
Paste Wood Filler/Stain, Red Mahogany. There are other similar marine
products, but I haven't tried them. You can thin it to the desired
color. You won't get the complete picture on a test patch with this
product unless you cover the stained area with a finish.
You can get it from most boat supply stores or online at West Marine,
Boaters World, or whomever is cheapest. It's worth a try for about
There are some really excellent marine varnishes worth trying out too.
You won't get any white rings from a wet glass with marine products.