The "Dark Brown Mahogany stain" is a good aesthetic choice...regardless
of the other colors ["Rule of three"] on the front of your house.
Varnished, or clear finished, woodwork is almost a "free" fourth color.
Ask someone with a developed color sense.
For an exterior application I would never use a product marked for
"interior" use regardless of topcoats...and am unfamiliar with any new
Minwax stain marketed for exterior use.
Sikkins makes "Cetol 1," an alkyd oil pigmented basecoat, in a Mahogany
that will mute the red.
In sunlight mahogany tends brownish naturally. An unstained mahogany
door with the amber cast of varnish would take on the "orangishness" of
a vintage Chris Craft runabout's hull, I suspect.
Sikkens' is a two-part system. Their topcoat, Cetol TGL, is available in
either gloss (which is what I will always, perhaps "superstitiously,"
recommend first for water-shedding "slickness"), and satin.
The alternative method, and possibly more appropriate for "solar oven"
situations, is a compatible exterior stain covered with a few to several
coats of Pratt & Lambert Vitralite UVA Spar Varnish
also marketed as "Sunbounce."
My understanding is that McCloskey's top-end UVA spar varnish is also
Do it right the first time and you will have a maintenance-free wood
door (given proper joinery). Its beauty, as well as its strength, will
be a blessing to you and your family for the life of the house: provided
it is installed thoroughly and correctly (the exception).
Going to all this trouble, do yourself a favor and put a nice Baldwin
mortice lock on it as well...using all the parts...particularly the
armored steel ring and lag screws behind the strike plate.
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