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Too cold to paint, so...

I’ve dissolved steel wool in white household vinegar, then painted the liquid on mahogany and it turns it black as ebony. I never knew about the heat treatment. I had a couple customers with mahogany runabouts and the deck sheer plank is almost always dyed black as a contrast. It is surprisingly lightfast.
I've successfully used the white vinegar/steel wool version on Red Oak. Beautiful blue-black. Unfortunately, It's been spotty - I have had difficulty duplicating the result. Seems to vary from piece to piece. Thoughts?