Messmer’s Timberflex Stain
Messmer’s Timberflex is a multiple coat system which gives a beautiful, varnished appearance to exterior log and timber frame wood homes. Messmer’s Timberflex is a film forming stain finish product Flexible Film Forming Log Home Finish Available in 9 Colors plus Gloss, Satin topcoats Mildew Resistant Coating Exceptional Color Retention Timberflex is an excellent choice for customers seeking a premium natural wood finish for vertical surfaces. Suitable for homes constructed with full logs or log siding, timber frame, or other wood siding, the three coat system beautifies and protects exterior wood. With the highest quality pigments and UV absorbers, high solids content, and state of the art fungicides, Messmer’s Timberflex products are a great alternative to more expensive competitors. This product is intended for exterior use.
Timberflex color coat, one gallon covers 75-150 square feet of wood surface with the recommended two coats.
Optional: Use three color coats to yield a gloss finish and deeper colors than two color coats.
Timberflex gloss or satin topcoat, one gallon covers 200-400 square feet with the recommended one coat.
Airless sprayer with .015″ to .017″ tip size
Brushes and/or rollers with 3/8″ nap cover
Do not begin the process until you have read and understand all instructions. If you have any questions, call us toll free at 1-800-731-3669, weekdays 8-5 Mountain time. Do not apply if rain is expected within 48 hours. In certain climates you may have to wait for a different time of year to do this. Surface temperature should be at least 50 F and not more than 90 F. We recommend doing a test area on your project to insure your satisfaction with color choice before proceeding with the entire job. Timberflex is for vertical surfaces only. Do not use on decks or any other walking surface. Start with a clean surface Make sure the wood surface is clean, dry and in good condition. If necessary, use a good quality wood cleaner to prepare the surface. Any loose, peeling or flaking previous finish should be removed. Apply the first coat. Cover plants, grass, concrete, trim, and any other areas you don’t want finished. Stir product thoroughly, making sure that all pigment is mixed evenly and there is no thick material at the bottom of the container. Apply one coat of Timberflex in your choice of colors following label directions. If spraying, it is recommended to “back brush” or roll the product to make sure that it fully penetrates into the wood. Allow at least 24 hours in good weather for the product to dry. A slightly tacky feel will be normal between coats. Apply a second coat of the same product Apply a second coat of Timberflex in the same color. Product will begin to build a film on the wood with the second coat. Allow at least 24 hours to dry, in good weather conditions. Cooler temperatures may require longer drying times. Apply the third coat using Clear Gloss, Clear Satin, or the same color coat used for coats 1 and 2 Apply a third coat, using either the same product to yield a glossy finish with deeper color, or Timberflex Gloss or Timberflex Satin clear topcoats. Clean up Following label directions, dispose of waste including roller covers and brushes in a water filled container. Seal the container and dispose of it properly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long will the product last?
A: Typically a maintenance coat of clear Timberflex needs to be reapplied every two to three years. The length of time will vary depending on the wood used, the way the home is constructed, which direction it faces, and your local climate and sun intensity.
Q: After 24 hours the surface is still “tacky”. Is this a normal?
A: Yes, a slight “aftertack” is normal and will lessen with time.
Q: Can I use the Clear Gloss or Clear Satin on bare wood?
A: No. We only recommend this for maintenance applications on pre-existing Timberflex. If you put the clear coats on bare wood, you will not get as much color retention and longevity as compared to clear coats over two color coats. It is especially important not to use the Clear Satin topcoat on bare wood, as the oils and resins will soak deeply into the wood while leaving the flattening agents at the surface, sometimes causing a milky, mottled appearance. Maintenance In order to maintain the appearance of the finish, it’s necessary to inspect the home periodically, and apply a maintenance coat of Timberflex clear topcoat in areas that are beginning to fade. Keeping up on maintenance insures long term success of the finish and prevents unsightly peeling and cracking that can occur with a film forming finish that’s not maintained.
Q: What is Timberflex?
A: Timberflex is a film forming natural wood finish designed for vertical walls, log homes and fences. On bare wood, it requires at least three coats for proper appearance. The first two coats should be color coats, followed by a clear coat in either a gloss or satin finish. Allow at least 24 hours between coats in good drying conditions.
Q: How long will it last and do I need to maintain it?
A: Timberflex should have a maintenance coat applied every two to three years. Timberflex can last for years with proper care.
Q: Why can’t I have a clear finish without pigment?
A: Clears do not provide color retention. They fail quickly and the wood underneath will gray. We have shaded our clear topcoats with transparent iron oxide pigments to provide extended color retention and protection for the wood, yet maintain a clear natural appearance.
Q: What is the best way to apply Timberflex?
A: Timberflex can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. The typical application is to spray on the coating and then back brush or back roll to achieve uniform film thickness.
Q: Can Timberflex be applied over another stain?
A: Yes, provided that the surface is sound and clean. Remove any flaking or peeling previous finishes. Do not apply over freshly stained projects or over coatings with stearates, waxes, silicones or Teflon.
Q: How long should I wait between coats?
A: Under good conditions (warm temperatures, low humidity) you should wait at least 24 hours between coats. Cooler conditions or a lack of air movement will require longer dry times. Application of top coats before the previous coat is dry will cause the product to wrinkle and result in poor appearance.
Q: Are there any temperature restrictions with Timberflex?
A: Timberflex should be applied when the surface temperature is between 45 and 90 degrees F. Cooler temperatures will cause the product to dry more slowly and require more than 24 hours between coats. On hot days, avoid applying in direct sunlight; this will cause the product to dry too quickly. If the wood is hot to the touch, do not apply Timberflex.
Q: Are there any special preparation requirements?
A: Prior to using Timberflex, make sure wood is clean, dry and free from mold and mildew. All cracks and joints must be properly caulked. Timberflex will not bridge or fill cracks in the wood surface. Messmer’s Timberflex colors: NATURAL NATURAL PINE FIR NATURAL CEDAR NATURAL REDWOOD SEQUOIA RED NAVAJO RED OXFORD BROWN DARK WALNUT OAK BROWN Timberflex is a three coat system Two color coats, one clear top coat Messmer’s recommends a minimum of three coats of Timberflex. The first two color coats stain and protect your log home or other vertical exterior wood, and the third coat, available in Gloss or Satin finishes, completes the Timberflex system of wood protection for a beautiful finished look. Timberflex is not for use on horizontal surfaces such as wooden decks.