I started sanding down our banister 2 weeks ago. Jordan was coughing a lot, so I stopped sanding when she was home. Yesterday I sanded the last of it. took about 3 hours. I cleaned up and put the first coat of stain on it before she came home. I put the 2nd coat on today. Its looking pretty good. I think I need one more coat of stain. and then varnish. I am happy with the way its looking so far.