My Crocker has beautiful 1 3/8" thick mahogany cabin sides (trunks) going the full length of the cabin and the coaming. Sadly, much of the coaming is rotted and will need scarfing. Originally the sides were painted, which of course means that the paint is deep into the grain and into any splits.
I have attached some pictures of the situation, as well as a shot of the stern framing in progress (not for the faint of heart). My question is, what is the best way to remove or obscure the remaining paint? I want to add a smidge of red stain to the varnish, but I need to either dig out the paint, carefully paint dark red over the paint (yea right), push the paint deeper in and fill over the depressions with mahogany filler, or sand down far enough to get to unadulterated wood, or what? Any thoughts?