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1 Gal. White Interior Primer, Sealer, and Stain Blocker

  • Performance of shellac or oil primers in a water base formula
  • Restoration-grade stain and odor blocker
  • Low odor and low VOC formula
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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 PRIMERS Logo

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

Drywall

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

New cabinet with KILZ Primer being brushed on

Wood

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

Unpainted brick wall with KILZ Primer being rolled on

Brick

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

Masonry

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

Plaster/Stucco

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 Name, Same Hardworking Formula, KILZ RESTORATION 1 Gal. Primer (Formerly KILZ MAX) is a new generation water-based primer, sealer and stain blocker offering performance of traditional oil and shellac-based primers. It tackles tough stains including heavy water damage, rust, smoke, nicotine, grease, tannin, ink, pencil, felt marker, pet stains and more. KILZ RESTORATION Primer also seals persistent pet, food and smoke odors. Topcoat with water-based or oil-based paint. Use to block odors from subfloor when replacing carpet or wood flooring.
  • Performance of oil and shellac - benefits of water
  • Ultimate problem solver
  • Tough on stains and odors, not tough to clean up
  • Dries hard, sands easily - a great enamel undercoat
  • Apply topcoat after using KILZ Primers
  • Use on interior surfaces including drywall, woodwork, plaster, masonry, brick, painted metal, ceramic tile, glass and properly prepared glossy surfaces
  • Can be top-coated with latex or oil-based paint
  • Offers superior adhesion
  • Low odor, non-flammable, non-combustible
  • Online Price includes a Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
  • California residents

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Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypePrimerPrimerPrimerPrimer
Primer PurposeColor Changing,Low Odor,Sealant,Stain Blocking,UniversalColor Changing,Odor Blocking,Sealant,Stain BlockingColor Changing,Difficult Surfaces,Low Odor,SealantSealant
Container Size1 Gallon1 Gallon1 Gallon5 Gallon
SheenFlat/MatteFlat/MatteFlat/MatteFlat/Matte
Substrate/Surface Use TypeCeiling,Concrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Metal,Plaster,Plastic,WoodCeiling,Concrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Metal,Plaster,WoodCeramic,Concrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Fiberglass,Glass,Metal,Plaster,Plastic,Vinyl,WoodDrywall
Application MethodBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBrush,Paint Sprayer,Roller
Paint/Stain FeaturesFast Drying,Low Odor,Mildew Resistant,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat RequiredFast Drying,Low Odor,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat RequiredFast Drying,Low Odor,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat RequiredFast Drying,Low Odor,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat Required
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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 PRIMERS Logo

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

Drywall

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

New cabinet with KILZ Primer being brushed on

Wood

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

Unpainted brick wall with KILZ Primer being rolled on

Brick

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

Masonry

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

Plaster/Stucco

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

Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 Gallon

Details

Application Method
Brush,Paint Sprayer,Roller
Base Material
Water Based
Coating Product Category
Primer
Color Family
White
Color Family
Whites
Color/Finish
White
Dry to touch (min.)
60 min
Interior/Exterior
Interior
Number of coats recommended
1
Number per Package
1
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Soap & Water
Paint/Stain Features
Fast Drying,Low Odor,Sealer,Tintable,Top Coat Required
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Primer
Primer Purpose
Color Changing,Odor Blocking,Sealant,Stain Blocking
Returnable
Non-Returnable
Sheen
Flat/Matte
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Ceiling,Concrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Metal,Plaster,Wood

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Limited Waranty

Questions & Answers

138Questions20Answers

does it work well on stained cabinets

Asked by JAG73 May 8, 2021
3
Answers

Kilz Restoration would be best for stained cabinets. It minimizes the risk of tannin bleed from certain woods. I have painted cabinets that were stained and it worked well.

I have oil splatters on the wall behind my stove, is this product suitable to cover these oil sta...

Asked by georgia April 26, 2021
2
Answers

Yes, but as you probably know, the contamination must be cleaned off of the surface first. Original oil based Kilz primer is also a good candidate. This product should be top coated with paint. You may wish to increase the sheen of the paint that is adjacent to the cook top, from flat to semi-gloss or gloss, for better stain and contamination resistance. Cheers

Does it kill dog urine smell enough so dog won't remark the area

Asked by Diane April 11, 2021
2
Answers

Hi Diane, Thank you for writing in. KILZ Restoration seals odors so human noses can no longer detect them. However, it's hard to say if dogs would be able to pick up on their scent because this primer is not specifically designed for pet urine. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions you may have. ~Doris

How does this do on Oak Cabinets ? Does the oak color bleed through? (Tannin)

Asked by Alex April 6, 2021
2
Answers

This product will block tannins. 2 coats is always a good number to make sure it's really sealed in. If the cabinets have a deep grain pattern, the first coat should be pushed / brushed it into the grain, to assure proper coverage and full stain lock out. The second coat will add build / coverage, and give you the ability to sand prior to top coats without burning through the primer. Cheers

Can this be used to paint over spray foam insulation? Ours still has a very slight odor to it

Asked by kilz March 20, 2021
2
Answers

Hello. Thanks for writing in with your question. As it turns out, we haven't tested our products on spray foam insulation and so it is not recommended. I'm sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. I suggest working with your local store for suggestions on a coating that can be used on spray foam insulation, or checking with the manufacturer of the insulation for suggestions on reducing the odor. Have a nice day! -Joni

I will be using this product to seal a concrete slab that experienced pet odor damage (cat and do...

Asked by PSH February 9, 2021
3
Answers

Hi PSH - Thanks for your question! Applying a topcoat over this primer is not necessary. Once you've applied 1-2 coats of primer to seal the odor, you can continue to install your vapor barrier and vinyl flooring. Best of luck with your project! - Sara

What type of kilz is best to use on floors for pets?

Asked by Pookie January 9, 2021
1
Answer

Hi Pookie, thank you for reaching out. We appreciate your interest in our products. We have a couple of primers that can be used on subfloors and flooring, depending on the benefits you're looking for the primer to provide. To best assist you, feel free to reach out to our Customer Care team directly so they can gather more details about your flooring project and assist you in finding the best primer for your specific project. We hope to hear from you soon. Have a great day. -Joanna

How long before the smell of Kilz goes away after putting on wooden floor for cat oder?

Asked by Anita November 4, 2020
2
Answers

I think you will need 2 full coats with 24 hours in between. I found the odor was gone within 24 hours

I have a glued wood floor, hard to remove it. I’m going to instal a water proof floor over the old one.

Asked by Nohora October 29, 2020
2
Answers

Yes is correct

Which is better for vinyl walls in a mobile home bathroom kilz restoration or kilz adhesion?

Asked by TJ October 22, 2020
1
Answer

Hi TJ, thank you for your question. We appreciate your interest in our products. We'd recommend using our Adhesion Primer on your bathroom walls prior to painting, as it promotes higher adhesion on smooth, slick surfaces such as vinyl. We hope this information helps. Best of luck with your project. Have a great day. -Joanna

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.5
    out of 619 reviews
  • 91% recommend this product
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Got rid of Cat urine odor on concrete!!
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Thank you Kilz!! This is such a lifesaver, we had horrible cat urine odor and stains in our basement. Concrete is so porous and almost impossible to get rid of the odor! We tried every expensive product you can imagine, even vinegar and baking soda, nothing worked! Until I did research and ordered this right away, not only was it a piece of cake to apply, it dries fast and the odor is completely gone!! Miracle product!
by Sonjacap
Fine primer, didn’t cover stains
As a regular primer this was fine, but I regret the higher price tag because it didn’t deliver on stain blocking. I’m painting over 30 year old walls in a ripped out closet with builder line marks everywhere. This was barely a skim coat and I used nearly the entire can in a small walk-in closet. Walls sucked up the primer and the marks are still visible.
by redsnapper9
Response from KILZProblemSolverJan 21, 2021
Hi redsnapper9,

Thank you for reviewing KILZ Restoration Primer. I'm incredibly sorry to hear about the stain-blocking issue experienced. It's very abnormal and definitely not something we want our customers to go through. We'd love to learn more about your project and find the best way to help. Please contact KILZ directly for further assistance.

Kindest regards,

Doris Kilz
DOES NOT BLOCK STAINS
Can reads that it has performance of an oil or shellac primer. Absolutely false advertising.
by Jim
1 person found this helpful
I bought 2 gallons, one was labeled different then...
I bought 2 gallons, one was labeled different then the other. The lady told me they were the same but they went to a new label. It was the only 2 cans they had. The 1st can was great , worked as it should, the 2nd can was not covering like the 1st and as I got down to the last 1/3 of the can I found out why, it was as hard as a brick. This was a old can..Home Depot gave me a new can but I still had to go back over where I had already painted! It was a pain..maybe if I had Stirred the paint myself I would have noticed it, My grandson didn't realize it was no good when he stirred it. Both gallons for used on the same day we bought them. As far is how it worked we had terrible tobacco stains and odor so far it seems be taken care of that.
by Nick
1 person found this helpful
Stay away from it!!!
Purchased this product because it stated on the label "paint In 1 hour" as well as "topcoat with water based or oil base paint".....let dried over night and top coated the following day and paint started to crack. Now I have to strip 25+ cabinet doors!!!
by Sc woodworks
Response from Doris, KIlz Customer CareNov 14, 2019
Hi Sc woodworks,

Thank you for reviewing Kilz Restoration. I'm terribly sorry to hear about the cracking issue you experienced. It's a very strange situation and I completely understand how upsetting it must be. As you probably already know, it'd be best to scuff sand the area with very fine grit sandpaper before cleaning and touching up/recoating. Please don't hesitate to contact KILZ directly for further assistance with this matter.

Kindest regards,

Doris
Great
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is good paint in need more so badly I have the whole house to color and can’t wait
by Margie
Not a fan overall. Very drippy formula, scratches off easily, and doesn't block tannins. I am upd...
Not a fan overall. Very drippy formula, scratches off easily, and doesn't block tannins. I am updating our 90s kitchen by painting the oak cabinets. I used another primer on the cabinet doors that was recommended by a paint department employee, and it didn't work out great for tannin blocking, so I was forced to use shellac on the doors. I went back to Home Depot looking for another option to use on the cabinet frames that didn't have a strong odor. The frames were in better shape than the doors were, but I knew that tannins could be an issue. The employee recommended Kilz Restoration since it is made to mimic shellac and oil primers in a water base formula, and has been advertised as an option for cabinets. It does have more of a smell compared to other primers, but not nearly as bad as oil or shellac. Sadly, this primer did not cover tannins at all...I have tannin bleed everywhere on my cabinet frames just like I did with the cabinet doors (curse this oak!). I'm sure it would be fine on walls, but it's not cutting it on the cabinets. I also found a drip that I sanded down with fine grit sand paper, and it literally took everything off! I did the fingernail scratch test, and it comes right off of my cleaned and prepped surface. Uggh.
by Love4Tulips
1 person found this helpful
Water based is great for clean up on airless sprayer. I did not thin it would cover as well as o...
Water based is great for clean up on airless sprayer. I did not thin it would cover as well as oil based on the nice art tenant left in rental, but I was surprised. Only one major problem - pain says not to use in temperature over 90 degrees F. This warning is CRITICAL. I sprayed ceilings on single story house on 75 degree day, but ceilings were not insulated and temperature rose above 90 degrees on high part of ceiling. Paint did not dry quickly and ran and dripped down. What a mess. see photo.
by Jeff
1 person found this helpful
Covers great!
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I’m painting the interior of a house for a customer before she moves in after her father and grandfather lived and smoked in the house for years. I’m applying KilzMax to all surfaces that are going to be white. Ceilings and all trim. I’ve seen reviews where people had success covering nicotine with just one coat, but I’m using two to be safe. Two coats of KillzMax, two coats of white paint, and everything looks great! Bright white! The neighbor came over and checked out my work and asked me to check out his house. He’s a heavy smoker as well, and my quote will include two coats of KillzMax on everything.
by NinjaNina
Great paint
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I bought this to prime a 70's bathroom redo and am happy with the results. Great coverage and sealer for my new brocade texture
by Lynnc1c
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