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PVA 5 Gal. White Interior Drywall Primer

  • Interior water based primer sealer
  • Seals porous drywall and dries quickly for convenience
  • Promotes uniform finish
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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

KILZ 5 Gal. PVA Primer seals porous surfaces and dries quickly, while its flat finish gives a non-reflective appearance. Covering up to 2000 sq. ft. Designed for use on new drywall. It is a fast-drying, interior latex primer formulated to prime and seal new, uncoated drywall and reduce the number of topcoats required to achieve a uniform, professional quality finish.
  • Use as a drywall primer for new uncoated drywall
  • Can be applied easily with a brush, roller or sprayer
  • Water-based formula offers a professional look
  • Flat finish provides a non-reflective appearance
  • Apply topcoat after using KILZ Primers
  • 1 pail covers up to 2000 sq. ft.
  • Seals porous surfaces and dries quickly for convenience
  • Allow to dry for 24 hours before top coating
  • Limited warranty
  • Click here to shop drywall sheets to complete your project
  • Actual paint colors may vary from on-screen and printer representations
  • Online price includes a paint care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI and VT

  • California residents

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Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypeGeneral PurposeSealerSealerGeneral Purpose
Primer PurposeSealantColor ChangingColor Changing,SealantUniversal
Container Size5 Gallon5 Gallon5 Gallon5 Gallon
Surface Material UseDrywallDrywallDrywall,WoodConcrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Fiberglass,Metal,Plaster,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 RequiredSealerFast Drying,Low VOC,Mildew Resistant,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat RequiredFast Drying,Mildew Resistant,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat Required
Base MaterialWater BasedWater BasedLatexAcrylic
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Container Size
5 Gallon


Application Method
Brush,Paint Sprayer,Roller
Base Material
Water Based
Coating Product Category
Color Family
Color Family
Dry to touch (min.)
30 min
Number of coats recommended
Number per Package
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Soap & Water
Paint/Stain Features
Fast Drying,Low Odor,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat Required
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
General Purpose
Primer Purpose
Professional Paint Supplies & Values
Pro Supplies
Surface Material Use

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Limited Warranty

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.5
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[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I bought a gallon for priming drywall in the bathroom
    • Recommended
    Lumpy primer is no fun.
    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I opened a brand new can of PVA primer today and used it on new drywall. It was a miserable experience. The primer was full of lumps. I had to roll with my left hand and continually pick paint "boogers" off with my right hand. Every time I loaded the roller I ended up with half a dozen gobs that I had to pick off. I have used many gallons of Kilz primer before and never experienced this problem.
    Response from Ronald, Kilz Customer CareMar 18, 2022
    Hi there, thanks for the review. Sorry to hear that the PVA Primer that you used had lumps in it and you had to constantly pick them off. This isn't typical and I can understand your disappointment. I will be reaching out to you via email to see how we can assist you further. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us, and I hope to hear from you soon! -Ronald
      Great Product!
      First time trying kilz pva. New construction sprayed and backrolled. One coat. Very impressed will buy again and again.
        • Recommended
        2 found this review helpful
        Spent more time cleaning clumps than applying
        Applied day after purchase, shaken at Home Depot. Used new Wooster roller and mixed before use.
        Response from Christina, Kilz Customer CareFeb 22, 2022
        Hi there,

        Thanks for your review of our Kilz PVA Drywall Primer. I’m sorry to hear there were clumps in the container! This certainly is not the experience we want our customers to have, and please know I’m here to help.

        If you notice clumps in the container and stirring it for 5-7 minutes doesn’t resolve the consistency, I wouldn’t recommend using that container. However, if you did apply the primer, and it left dried clumps on your wall, I recommend sanding smooth those areas before applying your topcoat.

        I've also reached out to you via email to get more info about your project and further assist you. Thanks again for taking the time to provide your feedback, and I look forward to hearing from you!

        - Christina
          So easy to use and great coverage
          We're inexperienced DIYers and have no clue how to tackle the unfinished garage..bought this primer and we looked like pros just after this using this product.
            • Recommended
            New Rock
            Applied and covered better than expected
            • Verified Purchase
            1 found this review helpful
            Kilz PVA primer ! Awesome stuff !
            [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I used this in my basement for new drywall ! This is the thickest primer I’ve ever used ! So nice to work with , unlike the thin soupy stuff. Went on nice and smooth. Too coated with a high quality paint, only one coat required. Love it
              • Recommended
              Nice thick primer on new drywall
              I bought two 5 gallon buckets for around $110. I ended up using about 6.5 gallons for my 650 sq ft garage and ceiling. Primer coated the new construction drywall well. I had to do a little touch up for some spots I missed but no big deal. Looks nice and brite white and I'm happy with the final result. I may even leave the ceiling the bright white and then paint the walls so there's a nice open contrast.
                • Recommended
                I liked I doing the job by myself...
                I liked I doing the job by myself
                • Verified Purchase
                peeled off of bare drywall
                Had drywall ceiling that needed painted. My wife painted an entire room ceiling. I came in noticing small flaking everywhere. Told her she may as well try a 2nd coat agger drying period and the 2nd coat just pulls the first coat off all over in random spots. Entire ceiling has to be scraped now and redone with a different paint...something thay actually works on drywall. Never had a paint do this and Ive remodeled a lot of houses. 1st time using this primer, wont use it again.
                Response from KILZProblemSolverApr 26, 2021
                Hi matt - Thank you for your review. I'm so sorry to hear that this primer flaked and peeled off your ceiling! To fix the finish, I recommend removing the loose primer, wiping the surface down with a damp cloth and allowing it to completely dry, then re-priming. Please feel free to reach out to us directly so we can assist you with this further. We hope to hear from you! - Sara Kilz
                  • Recommended
                  4 found this review helpful
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