Messmers UV Plus Wood Stain Review 4.1/5 (25)

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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.

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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: 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.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Select Stores or Online
Cost: $42.99 per Gallon, $199.99 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: 
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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Paulette
Paulette

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.

John
John

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.

rita hahn
rita hahn

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.

Torry
Torry

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

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Mike N
Mike N

Buyer Beware!!!
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..

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G. Buttuls. Kamloops BC
G. Buttuls. Kamloops BC

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!!!

Emily Brasher
Emily Brasher

Won’t dry in some areas, very sticky after 3 days. Tried wiping it with a cloth

lisa
lisa

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

lisa
lisa

Which will keep the color longer

Phyllis McAllister
Phyllis McAllister

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?

P d p
P d p

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

Coloradorich
Coloradorich

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.

Kim
Kim

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.

Jim
Jim

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.

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Lou Ryals
Lou Ryals

Wow! Wish I'd known about Mesmers years ago

scott howell
scott howell

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

Bea
Bea

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.

Mitchell Patrick
Mitchell Patrick

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.

Alex
Alex

Same here but in Cowichan. Didn’t last a season. Poor product.

Jeff
Jeff

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.

Nick
Nick

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.

R. Hall
R. Hall

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.

Julie
Julie

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?

Bill
Bill

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

Jessica
Jessica

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

Terence
Terence

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.