We are having our house oil stained again this year. This staining will last for 4-5 years before needing another coat. You can see the lighter color of the old stained versus the deep red pecan color of the fresh staining. The fresh stain will soften into the warm pecan as it dries. The staining takes only minutes to apply with a sprayer, it is the house wrapping that takes the time. All the shrubs, decking and windows need to be masked and protected from the sprayers. It takes 2 days of caulking, 1-2 days to mask and half a day to spray the stain. Cleanup also takes about another half a day. It is hard work but at least the weather has been helping our father and sons crew.