The exposed west face needs staining every 18 months or it would fade/go silver quickly. The east face is in shade and has a tendency to go black in places unless I re-stain that regularly as well. The south face is sheltered by overhan looks good. Overall I'm pleased.
I apply the Ronseal using a cheap Hoseloc pump up plant sprayer. Not designed to spray spirit but if cleaned out it survives ok and ends up about the same cost as brushes with much less mess. I even spray the window frames (also oak) with it then clean off the glass with white spirit.
My garage is softwood clad stained with "barn black". That's very very low maintenance by comparison to the oak. Only needs doing every 5 years or so.
Edited by temp, 09 October 2015 - 01:27 PM.