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Messmers UV Plus Wood Stain Review 3.88/5 (7)

Messmers UV Plus Wood Deck Stain

Messmers UV Plus Wood Deck Stain

Messmers UV Plus Wood Stain has been manufactured for over 20 years in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. Using a combination of natural oils (linseed) and synthetic oils, Messmers will protect exterior wood with 8 different transparent and semi-transparent colors. The trans-oxides will absorb the UV while preventing oxidation/graying.

Messmers UV Plus Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

– We choose the Natural color as the manufacturer said it was the most popular. It enhanced the wood grain “naturally” without adding to much pigment or “orange” tones to our redwood decking. The knots of the redwood did dry a little lighter in color compared to the rich tones of the grain.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6

– Messmers scored lowest in preventing UV graying. About 60% of the original color was left after the 2 plus years. The decking surface was just starting to turn gray. Being that the Natural color we used was light in tint, we would assume that a darker color/tint would achieve better results for UV protection.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9

– The UV Plus did excellent for wear/tear. This finished absorbed deeply into the wood grain. A small amount of worn areas were noticeable around the perimeter of the home from water dripping along the roof edge.

Cost Per Square Foot: 7.5

– For the 500 square foot redwood deck, we used one 5 gallon pail of Messmers stain. We applied two coats to the floor surface and one coat to the railings. Cost per square foot to apply was $.36 a square foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae:8

– Messmers did well for mold resistance on our test deck. As we mentioned before, there was a line near the perimeter of the home where rain dripping from the roof had washed away the stain. In this area, mold and green algae had begun to grow.

Ease of Application: 8.5

– Application for the Messmers UV Plus was a breeze. The stain was rolled on and back brushed with a pad for the flooring. The stain penetrated into the wood without any issues. For the railings, a plastic pump sprayer was used to apply the Messmers. The stain did not have any issues with clogging or funneling through the sprayer. We did back wipe some drips that formed on the rails and posts.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 8

– We expected that the Messmers would darken in color due to the high elevation of the deck. Past tests with similar brands have proven that high elevations can darken the stain after 2 years. Messmers performed better here than other brands. Any darkening was minimal.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 8

– With a light fading and deep penetration of the stain, the Messmers UV plus should be an easy maintenance stain. A wood cleaner and a wood brightener will prep the wood for another coat.

Overall Score Penofin Ultra Premium at 2 Year Period: 7.88

– Overall we were happy with the Messmers UV Plus wood stain. The natural color of the stain did a beautiful job with our initial appearance of the redwood decking. We would have hoped that the Messmers would have scored better with UV protection. Most likely you would need to reapply every 18 months or so as the Messmers had difficulty achieving UV protection for the two years tested.

If you want a beautiful looking stain that is easy to apply then Messmers would be a great choice.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Select Stores or Online
Cost: $38.99 per Gallon, $179.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Linseed Oil-Based
Available Colors: Natural, Pine/Fir, Cedar, Redwood, Oak Brown, Oxford Brown, Sequoia, Dark Walnut,
Application Temperature: 45-90 F
Coats Required: 1-2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-250 sq. ft
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 4-24 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in All 50 States
Manufacturer: Messmers

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Redwood
Deck Square Footage: 500
UV Exposure: Full Sun, High Elevation
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 

*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

Please Rate This Product. You may also post comments or ask questions below.

17 responses to “Messmers UV Plus Wood Stain Review”

  1. Terence says:

    Not sure what it is like on other woods, but I can say for sure that you should not use this on Ipe. It just runs off with the rain and is completely gone in less than 6 months. A total waste of money.

  2. Jessica says:

    Where was the location/area where this product was tested?

  3. Bill says:

    would this be able to be used on faded composite decking?

  4. Julie says:

    Tried using on Brazilian Tigerwood and it is REALLY tacky and there was not much stain that was left on that did not absorb to account for the tackiness still present 5 days later–unable to walk on the this not the right product because the wood is not porous enough?

  5. R. Hall says:

    We have a 20-yr. old 700 sq.ft, South -facing redwood deck @ 9,000ft. elev. in the mtns. of No. New Mexico. First owners didn't do us any favors by oiling only every 4-5yrs. Deck has to have some boards replaced before treating soon, but all are light-to-dark grey. Tried an acid-type deck cleaner on a small space…did not do anything to restore natural wood color. We're trying to restore the deck as we plan to put the house on the market for sale some time soon. Certainly before fall. The new boards I plan to use are treated pine in a light brownish color, & will randomly cover maybe 8-10% of the total surface area. They'll look pretty strange next to the old, gray redwood boards. What would be the best thing to do to create a fairly consistent color across the old & new boards, & is Messmer's UV Plus any better than thinned Boiled Linseed Oil? Might do a complete overall here if we weren't moving! Need to save some bucks.

    • Don\’t use linseed oil. It does nothing for UV protection and it attracts mold. Acids are not cleaners but brighteners. You need a cleaner and pressure washer to remove the gray then you neutralize a lighten with the brightener. Use the Restore A Deck combo kit.

  6. Jeff says:

    Applied this to Ipe deck and have the same issue as Julie–really tacky after 5 days and still appears wet in some areas. We have been running a fan to try to help but no apparent difference. It has become very hot and humid where we live now.
    What can we do to resolve this? Do we need to clean off and reapply with a very light coat when the weather cools?
    Thanks for any help.

    • Applying more will not fix the issues. Try rags and mineral spirits to remove the excess stain that did not penetrate. Saturate all oily rags in water and lay flat to dry in the sun.

  7. Bea says:

    I live in Canada and we cannot buy the top rated stains here (twp, armstrong, defy). This was supposed to be a very good product. I've tried it several times on a cedar deck, starting with stripped, cleaned wood each time. Followed all instructions to the letter, and it grows mold every summer. No, I did not overapply. Once it held up for a year before growing mold, but a few years ago, during a rainy summer, it grew mold within a couple of months. In my opinion, it will only perform as advertised in relatively dry conditions. I've given up on this product, and am now searching for something better.

  8. scott howell says:

    I have several areas that want to stay sticky even after several days of dry time. this is the third year this has happened and in different spots each time except one are close to screened in porch. why

    • Most likely the prep was not done correctly or it was over-applied. If the stain cannot soak in 100%, the stain will sit on top and can be sticky or tacky until full cure.

  9. Lou Ryals says:

    Wow! Wish I'd known about Mesmers years ago

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.