This post was updated on January 30, 2023
Messmers UV Plus Wood Stain Review 2023
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.
Update: Messmers UV Plus Wood Stain
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Messmers UV Plus Wood Stain Rating (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: 7
– 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 number 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 Messmer’s 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: 7
– 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 Messmers UV Puls 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.
Where To Buy: Messmers UV Plus
Cost: $47.99 per Gallon, $239.99 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
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: Natural
*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.
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The builder used this product on a light colored oak railing in September. It is May 1st of the following year, and the railing is gray. I’m not sure what color was applied – natural or some other. The railing was covered with snow for days at a time over the winter, but it is only two inches wide and there is no UV exposure in winter at this latitude. We are looking into another product that will hopefully retain color for longer than 7 months. At least the railing is not curling like it was with the last product.
See for hardwood tips: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/hardwood-deck-stains/
My experience with Messmers UV Plus on ipe is that it turns the wood black with UV exposure whereas untreated ipe will turn grey. Not my favorite product. A neighbor used Penofin on his fence and it is still looking good after 2 years with reapplication at 6 months, no cleaning.
I am very disappointed in your stain ! I would never use it again …..
Love Messmer’s u.v. stain for decks! Yes it has darkened the wood, but it looks even better every time we stain the porches and deck.
I’ve been using Messmers for 20 years on my mahogany deck.
I re apply every 2-3 years.
My deck looks like it’s 5 years old not 20.
A good scrub with some cleaner of choice then after a couple of days of dry weather and I use a lambs wool pad to apply.
Super easy. I would not use anything else.
How do I remove messers timber flex from my hair
Here are the photos to go with my cabin stain questions
I have learned so much in the last two weeks reading on this website, and now need input about the best course of action on my widowed mom’s 50+ year old pine TG cabin (south facing, at 8300 ft elev)in Utah that has been treated for the last 20 years with Messmers UV Plus ( it was originally finished and maintained with Marine varnish, but that was messy to reapply . (see attached pics)
We used Natural a couple of times, which started going dark, and then switched to Pine color , hoping to “brighten” the color the last time, but it only became darker. It was not cleaned and brightened any of the times before staining (which after reading here is probably part of the darkening problem). We stain only when the old stain has degraded, so it has always absorbed well (maybe pulling in surface dirt?)
It also seems to have a thin “crystallized” stain film all over it. (maybe from over-applying?)
Three courses of action I can see listed below, based on info from this site:
1. which of those listed below is better given these circumstances, and is there a better fourth option?,
2. do I have the steps correct in each?
3. is there anything else I need to know?
UV protection seems to be the biggest criteria.
The water-based stains have a higher UV rating for preventing graying…
Does that also mean that they resist degradation longer, i.e., would need to be re-stained less often?
What are the relative re-application periods for each of these 5 products?
A. Continue using Messmers, and probably remaining as dark as it currently is
1. Clean and brighten- is there a reason to use Messmers AB vs Restore-A-Deck, which has better reviews?
2. Wait 3 days to dry, then roll on ONE coat of Messmers UVPlus.
B. Strip and use another oil-based stain -OR- water-based stain
1. Strip with Restore-a-deck plus both additives , then brighten.
2. Do I need to sand either before or after stripping – what are the benefits (its a huge, hard to reach area, so the benefits need to outweigh the difficulty)?
3. Wait 3 days to dry if using oil-based
4. Stain with one coat of rolled-on Oil-based
4a. AC (preferred, except all their UV protection colors are Cedar or darker
4b. TWP1500 in Honeytone
5. Stain with one coat of rolled-on water-based stain
5a. Restore-A-Deck Stain
5b. Defy Extreme Stain
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer
Strip and brighten all is the correct way. Use both additives and pressure washing. Stain with either water-based or oil-based. Up to you. Try TWP 1500 Series or Restore A Deck Stains. Do not roll on the stain. Use a stain pad or brush. Two coats applied wet on wet.
Thanks so much for a quick reply and clarifications….follow up questions to help decide between water- and oil-based:
UV protection seems to be the biggest criteria.
In your reviews, The water-based stains have a higher UV rating for preventing graying (9 for Restore a deck vs 8 for TWP1500 vs 7 for Messmers)…
Does that also mean that they resist degradation longer, i.e., would need to be re-stained less often?
What are the relative need for re-application periods for these 3 products on the vertical cabin walls, which is primarily uv exposure?
Same question for the horizontal deck surfaces?, although I am aware that this will be harder to answer because of factors like pine needles and snow cover, etc.
UV protection will be about the same for all. They will all need to be redone every 3-6 years for your cabin. They can all be cleaned and recoated as needed. Decks are this same except they will last about 2-3 years before cleaning and recoating is needed.
For the pressure washer, is there a minimum or maximum pressure, and a recommended sprayer tip and distance?
Thanks so much for all your help!
The pressure is all related to how close to the wood you are washing and the PSI of your machine. You can use a 3000 PS washer and wash at 8-10 inches away and your pressure will be 1/2 the amount at around 1500 PSI. 1500-2000 PSI is the most you should use. We like the green tips.
,hi, I have a lengthy tale for you to analyze please.i have had non stop mould/mildew issues on my PT decks. Years ago i prepped it properly ,stained with Superdeck brand semi transparent and it turned as black as my driveway in 6 months approx. So, I totally stripped it, sanded it used brightener,etc, and tried Messners a darker brown shade of semi transparent stain. It seemed a lot better, but we didn’t like the colour so after 2 years, I stripped it again, cleaner, brightener,etc. I then last summer bought Armstrong Clark “natural” stain and had it shipped to me at a large cost to Canada because it was one of your highest rated stains. Applied that stain last August and in only ONE MONTH it was getting mould specs all over it ! I actually talked via phone to Mr. CLARK himself about the issue. I explained that I am in the farm country and 2 of my 4 decks are near a farm field, are beside a swimming pool, AND have a lot of pine tree’s within 30-40 feet of the decks. Apparently pine tree’s are very acidic. SO, this May, just past I used deck cleaner/brightener AGAIN and this time,only 1 year later, I tried Messmers stain again since I seemed to have the best luck with it the last time. I bought the transparent “natural” this time.. Now, exactly 3 months later it is going all dark again. I tried cleaning it with Oxyclean and it took half of the stain off so now I have a big mess again. I am sick and tired off this ridiculous Non stop ,never ending job. 4th time in approx 8 years. NOTE:- in every case I let the wood dry for 3 full days before staining it. So far, the only thing that has been surmised, is that it is an environmental issue. And maybe to support this is the fact that I have 2 wooden planters on the deck and where I moved the planters the deck stain is still clean, and all the rest of the deck is a problem. Doesn’t that make it sound like it is not a wood issue? I have always thought that I must gave mould IN the wood that keeps coming to the surface. Any thoughts on my serious problem. I am about to go crazy by now. And now I need to do something AGAIN with my messed up deck. My wife said to just strip it again next spring and then just leave it as is, natural. I send about $600. Last summer, and nothing $300. This summer and it still is not right!!!!!! Jack Lang, Ontario,Canada.
Strip/brighten it all off again and go with a water-based stain that will not feed the growth of mildew on your deck that is prone to this. Defy Extreme works well and so does the Restore A Deck Stains.
I have used this product several times and love the way it looks and performs. However this last time I have over applied and have sticky shiny spots. How do I correct this? Thanks for the help and advice.
You may need to strip it all off and start over if it does not dry or cure on its own in the next week or so.
Applied u.v. Plus natural on mahogany deck in high humidity. Still has a little oil residue on it. Humidity high again today. What do we do?
Use mineral spirits and rags to wipe off the excess. Saturate any oily rags in water and lay flat to dry outside when done.
I removed old stain off pressure treated deck. But now is too cold to apply u v plus finish. Will the wood withstand the winter with no finish.
Yes, prep again in the Spring.
Did you mean to say at the end “Overall Score Penofin Ultra Premium at 2 Year Period: 7.88” or Messmers UV Plus? Just for clarification. Thanks for your reviews. They are very helpful.
Typo. Thanks 🙂
how long after a rain can you apply Defy waterbased stain or Thompson’s water seal? Thank you. You are a great source of information. Fast,professional responses.
48 hours is normal.
Just applied messmer’s a second time after 2 years on a cedar deck. Fraser Valley, BC, Canada so we get a lot of rain and where we are it is very windy in an agri area. I washed gently and used brightener after one season but was dissapointed with the results. We get a lot of dust. I left as it was for season 2 but could really notice the dulling due to the rain and dust. This season I used A/B with a good stiff bristle brush and I must say I was shocked at how much dirt came off. I was actually muddy in most areas. After a good rinse and then the brightener I brushed UV Plus again (natural) then wiped excess off each 20 minutes as I went. The results were as good as I had hoped. Deck looks wonderful. So for the $120 CDN every two seasons I consider that I decent investment. Yes it was a bit of work and prob spent about 6 hrs all together. I am very pleased. Avoid applying in the sun as it will get tacky quickly. First two photos were cleaning and deck wet, last was finished and excess wiped off
It was a huge mistake to use MESSMER stain. Terrible runs months after application….and the stain is still wet 6 mths later!!!(as pictured).
Of course their answer was the builder did everything wrong and didn’t follow application instructions…although he has built and stained over 30 cabins/houses and never had any issue with other products.
You’ve been warned..
Looks like the product was over applied.
If he used the Messmer UV Plus (not TimberFlex) then yes, it was over-applied as it is not supposed to be shiny or filming on the surface. The UV Plus is penetrating and if applied correctly to the point it fully soaks in, it cannot run like this.
Also could have been improper prep and or not waiting to season the wood if it was brand new.
We reside in a semi-desert climate with temps to 38c in summer. This product has kept our 11 year old deck like new!! With this years application only being my 3rd in this time frame!!!!Worth every penny of cost!!!
Won’t dry in some areas, very sticky after 3 days. Tried wiping it with a cloth
i have a mahogany deck. should i buy the natural messmer stain or the mahogany tint. I am willing to stain the deck twie a year if it will keep the color from greying. not sure which product to purchase
Either color in the Hardwood version will work.
Which will keep the color longer
I have been using Messmer’s UV Plus for hardwoods on a mahogany porch for 10+ years. I recently had the porch enclosed. If I provide proper ventilation until it dries, can it now be used on an inside floor?
You should be okay.
I applied messmers UV Plus in October…to brand mew mahogany deck. It came out with rich reddish color… was quite something. Now it is May and no color remains …only in one hidden corner. Is that all you get is a few months? Water still standing so protection is there but so disappointing that color tint gone in few montjs
Your wood type (Mahogany) required an annual reapplication. It is the density of the wood that causes this issue.
This stain looked great for about 5-6 months and then quickly started oxidizing (greying). In just under a year it is in serious need for restaining. Thought it might last a little longer. No much protection.
I have just built a new cedar deck and have been researching stains for cedar decking. The place where I bought the decking recommends Messmers, as they sell it and told me they have had real success with it. I live in Canada, conditions in our region are fairly dry. The dealer said we could stain after 3-4 weeks, I am looking for a second opinion and advice on prep for a new cedar deck prior to staining.
Messmers should work decently for this. Make sure to weather for 6-8 weeks and clean and brighten for the prep.
I’ve used Messmers UV Plus on a Tigerwood Deck built 12 years ago, location NW Wisconsin. I gently pressure wash each Spring and re-coat … needed because of graying. This year I sanded the entire deck back to its rich mahagony color. Instead of brushing the Messmer’s on I used a synthetic wool applicator (a breeze) and then wiped the deck with a towel. It looks terrific and it is drying in a fraction of the time. I really do give Messmers a 5 Star rating.
Wow! Wish I'd known about Mesmers years ago
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.
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.
We refinished a log home with UV Plus in Whistler. Product applied July 5. By September we already had mildew spots on the top half of the logs. It’s a major problem as the mildew has penetrated deep. Messmers needs to explain why this is happening.
Same here but in Cowichan. Didn’t last a season. Poor product.
What did you do?
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.
Read the instructions apply heavy then after half an hour take an old towel and remove excess oil, any puddles will remain in sticky, you can towel off twice if need be.
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.
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 deck..is this not the right product because the wood is not porous enough?
Your wood is very dense. When applying a stain to it you need to apply a very very light coat and back wipe excess stain that does not penetrate after 30 minutes.
would this be able to be used on faded composite decking?
Probably but ask them to make sure.
Where was the location/area where this product was tested?
Northern Arizona I believe.
Do you have a review for Messmer's for use on Massaranduba hardwood?
We do not but it should be about the same as IPE.
After two years, my Massaranduba porch oxidized to light brown on the planks that were more exposed to rain and sun. Mop cleaning and a brush coat of Messmer’s UV Plus brought it back to original appearance. I used Natural color. if you don’t wipe off excess, yes, it will be sticky for a week. Wait about 15 minutes after application to lightly wipe off this excess. Brush and wipe took me about 20 minutes to do a 12 x 20 porch. Really happy with results.
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.