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ALL PURPOSE 5 Gal. White Interior/Exterior Multi-Surface Primer, Sealer, and Stain Blocker

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  • Interior/Exterior water based multi-surface primer
  • Excellent adhesion and seals porous surfaces
  • Blocks light to medium stains
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Product Overview

KILZ primers help to seal surfaces, enhance adhesion, stain and odor block, hide marks and colors and more

A little primer investment goes a long way

Priming helps ensure a better quality finish that will last by addressing surface problems prior to painting


KILZ is a trusted brand by pros and DIY’ers for over 45 years

KILZ has water-based and oil-based primers to help in different ways

KILZ Interior, Interior/Exterior, and Low Odor Primer cans on dropcloth

KILZ primers can handle your projects

From KILZ 2 ALL-PURPOSE to legacy oil-based KILZ ORIGINAL primers to our specialty products, there is a Kilz primer for you.

Apply KILZ Primer on exterior wall with sprayer

Seals porous surfaces

Sealing the surface helps achieve a uniform professional quality finish using less coats of paint

Lifestyle bedroom with wall paint in black and white paint

Hides scuffs, stains and previous colors

Our high hiding primers hide previous colors well; making them ideal for color change projects

KILZ Primer being applied covering stains on wall

Powerful stain blocking

Our stain blocking primers are proven performers when it comes to blocking stains to prevent leaching through the topcoat

Lifestyle kitchen using KILZ Primer and painted with blue cabinets

Excellent adhesion

Excellent adhesion to the surface and also to the topcoat paint helps ensure a longer lasting quality finish

Seal unprimed drywall for best results


Most pros apply primer to drywall to seal the surface and ensure a uniform finish

New cabinet with KILZ Primer being brushed on


Primer fills the grain in the wood helping to smooth out the finish

Unpainted brick wall with KILZ Primer being rolled on


Painting over brick is a popular alternative to replacing it. Priming first before painting helps make it look its best

Applying KILZ Primer with roller to unpainted masonry wall


Priming with alkali-resistant primer helps solve adhesion problems caused by high pH levels in some masonry

Applying Kilz Primer with roller to plaster wall


Lime from plaster can cause stains to bleed through the topcoat. Stucco may absorb moisture from the topcoat discoloring it.

Applying Kilz Primer with brush to door

Other Surfaces

KILZ has multi-use, multi-surface primers and specialty primers that solve specific problems including hard to paint surfaces

New Look, Same Trusted Formula, KILZ 2 ALL PURPOSE 5 Gal. (Previously KILZ 2 Latex) is a fast drying, water-base, multi-surface primer, sealer and stain blocker with excellent adhesion, sealing properties and very mild odor. KILZ 2 ALL PURPOSE primer also blocks light to medium stains and provides a mildew resistant coating. Use on interior and exterior surfaces including drywall, woodwork, plaster, stucco, paneling, masonry, brick, concrete, galvanized and painted metal.
  • Blocks medium stains including; minor water stains, rust, grease, ink, pencil and felt marker
  • Ideal for walls, ceilings and doors
  • Use under or over latex or oil-based paint
  • Fast-drying formula is ready for a second coat in as little as 1 hour
  • Apply topcoat after using KILZ Primers
  • Ideal for color changes
  • Resists the growth of mildew to maintain a pristine appearance
  • Seals new drywall
  • Cleans up with soap and water
  • Mild odor to make application in areas with low ventilation more comfortable
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  • Online Price includes a Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA

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  • California residents

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Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypeGeneral PurposeGeneral PurposeSealerGeneral Purpose
Primer PurposeSealantColor Changing,Low Odor,Sealant,Stain Blocking,UniversalColor Changing,Odor Blocking,Stain BlockingColor Changing,Low Odor,Sealant,Stain Blocking,Universal
Container Size5 Gallon5 Gallon5 Gallon5 Gallon
Surface Material UseDrywallCeiling,Concrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Metal,Plaster,Plastic,WoodConcrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Metal,WoodBrick,Concrete,Drywall,Fiberglass,Metal,Plaster,Plastic,Stucco,Vinyl,Wood
Application MethodBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBrush,Paint Sprayer,Roller
Paint/Stain FeaturesFast Drying,Low Odor,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat RequiredFast Drying,Low Odor,Mildew Resistant,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat RequiredMildew ResistantFast Drying,Low Odor,Mildew Resistant,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat Required
Base MaterialWater BasedLatexWater BasedWater Based
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Container Size5 Gallon


Application MethodBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBase MaterialLatex
Coating Product CategoryPrimerColor FamilyWhite
Color FamilyWhitesColor/FinishWhite
Dry to touch (min.)30 minInterior/ExteriorExterior,Interior
Number of coats recommended1Number per Package1
Paint/Stain Clean UpSoap & WaterPaint/Stain FeaturesFast Drying,Low Odor,Mildew Resistant,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat Required
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypeGeneral PurposePrimer PurposeColor Changing,Low Odor,Sealant,Stain Blocking,Universal
Surface Material UseCeiling,Concrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Metal,Plaster,Plastic,Wood

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[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] New house had a lot of cracked walls to repair, mold on basement walls had to be scrubed off. After all repair and scrubbing time to add Kilz 2 ALL -PURPOSE.
    • Recommended
    Primer pre coat
    Went on fairly uniform
    • Verified Purchase
    • Recommended
    Vog walls that were sponged painted, needed to cover.
    Great coverage for manufactured home
    • Verified Purchase
    • Recommended
    Save time and money
    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] had to paint interior of 50 year old house / previous owners had to be heavy smokers / place stunk and walls yucky / after wiping walls used this primer, was incredible and solved the problem with just one coat primer and one coat paint / saved me hours of work / great stuff !!!!!
      • Recommended
      High quality primer
      Used this primer on drywall and some cheap pine boards that I used to create a board & batten grid. It worked great and completely sealed the wood. It's been one month since I finished the project and haven't experienced any cracking or chipping. Without a doubt my go-to primer.
        • Recommended
        Easy to use. Low odor, smooth finish.
        [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Bought 5 gallon kilz2 primer to seal our kitchen dining room project. It was very easy to use. It has Low odor, dries fast to a smooth finish ready for top coat.
          • Recommended
          Perfect. Our house is almost 30years old and the previous owners used the worst paint ever. So I always prime my walls to make sure my new paint sticks. Works every time. I also prime my mdf projects for a nice finish and adhesion as well.
          • Verified Purchase
          • Recommended
          It took 2 coats to cover avocado walls. Once got...
          It took 2 coats to cover avocado walls. Once got panit on it looked awesome very pleased.
          • Verified Purchase
          does not cover Do not waste your money
          Purchased to cover the medium blue ceiling, as you can see it does not cover. a total waste of money. When I approached the gentleman at the paint department he asked me if I purchased the white or the clear. This only comes in white. I will be taking the rest back to Home Depot tomorrow as I did not finish the room (one tray) and if I have to do 2 or 3 coats to I am just going to use paint and primer. Do not waste your money
          Response from KILZProblemSolverJan 26, 2022
          Hi TCSudoku. Thank you for your review. I'm so sorry the primer didn't cover the blue on the ceiling. Typically, 1-2 coats of primer should seal in the previous color. However, you may still see some of the old color come through as your topcoat of paint should provide the full coverage needed. So I recommend testing your topcoat in a small area first to see if that helps cover the blue better. Customer satisfaction is very important to us, and we appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to reach out to our Customer Care team directly for further assistance with this. Our team is happy to help! -Joni Kilz
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            Does not cover
            I recently purchased 5 gallons of the kilz2 latex white paint figuring it would cover the base coat on my bedroom and kitchen walls and ceilings. I prepped the walls, washed, dried, and lightly sanded following directions. I have used Kilz before and it would cover in 1 coat Kilz 2 does not.
            Response from Christina, Kilz Customer CareJan 26, 2022
            Hi there,

            Thanks for reviewing our Kilz 2 All-Purpose. I'm sorry to hear you didn't get the coverage you were expecting, especially after using 5 gallons. Our Kilz 2 All-Purpose is a primer that's designed to help your topcoat cover easier and adhere to the surface. While it may not cover completely on it's own, rest assured that it will help your topcoat cover in fewer coats. To get your project back on track, go ahead and apply your topcoat of paint in the color of your choice for a beautiful finish.

            I've also reached out to your via email to get more info about your project and further help. Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience, and we hope to hear from you soon!

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