KILZ® General Purpose Interior Water-based Primer



KILZ® General Purpose Interior is a fast drying, latex primer and sealer formulated to minimize decorating problems caused by surface texture and porosity differences. It’s ready to spray,brush or roll, and can be topcoated with latex or oil-based paint. For use on almost all interior surfaces. Not recommended for flooring, glossy surfaces, mold and mildew prone surfaces, or for stainblocking.


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Available in Gallons & Fives

Surface Preparation†

  • Complete all patching, repairs and sanding before applying KILZ General Purpose Interior.

  • The surface must be clean, free of dust, grease, wax, mold, mildew, peeling paint and wallpaper paste. If washing is necessary, use a non-soapy detergent or a TSP substitute. Rinse well and allow to dry.

  • Unpainted, exterior wood exposed to sun and/or moisture longer than 2-4 weeks must be cleaned and sanded before priming.

  • Glossy Surfaces: For maximum adhesion, scrape off loose paint and sand to a smooth surface. KILZ PREMIUM and KILZ 2 are recommended for use over properly prepared glossy surfaces.

  • Wash the area with a mildew remover, rinse with water and allow to dry before priming. Note: KILZ PREMIUM and KILZ 2 are recommended for mildew-prone surfaces.

  • Masonry, Brick, Stucco and Plaster: KILZ GENERAL PURPOSE INTERIOR primer may be used on clean, dry, aged masonry surfaces. New masonry must be allowed to cure (dry) at least 30 days before applying KILZ GENERAL PURPOSE INTERIOR primer.       


  • Eye protection is recommended.

  • Apply as supplied using a brush, roller or sprayer.

  • Do not thin for stainblocking applications. A small amount of water (no more than240 ml per 3.79 L) may be added for other spray applications.                              

  • Only apply if surface, air and product tempera-tures are between 10°-32° C.

  • Stir thoroughly before and occasionally during use.

  • Prime the entire surface to ensure a uniform appearance of the topcoat.

  • Stainblocking: Important - For stainblocking, use KILZ MAXTM, KILZ® PREMIUM, KILZ®ORIGINAL, KILZ COMPLETE® or KILZ ODOURLESS® primers.

  • Tinting: KILZ GENERAL PURPOSE INTERIOR primer may be tinted with up to 15 mL of universal colourant per 3.79 L. Tinting to a lighter shade than the topcoat is recommended.

Dry Time at 25°C, 50% RH

  • Dries to the touch in 30 minutes.

  • Can be recoated or topcoated in one hour with latex or oil-based paint.

  • Application at lower temperatures, in high humidity or in poorly ventilated areas can significantly increase dry and recoat times.

Clean-Up & Disposal

  • Clean equipment and paint spatters with warm, soapy water.

  • If spilled, contain spilled material and remove with an inert absorbent. Dispose of contaminated absorbent, container and unused product in accordance with all current federal, state and local regulations.

  • To recycle or properly dispose of paint or primer in your community, call 1-800-CLEANUP