KILZ® ADHESION<br/> Interior | Exterior Primer

Interior | Exterior Primer



New Look, Same Hardworking Formula! KILZ® ADHESION Primer is a water-base, modified-acrylic primer specifically formulated to bond to a variety of ‘tough-to-paint’ surfaces. Its advanced chemistry provides a sound anchor for topcoats while reducing or potentially eliminating the need for sanding dense, glossy surfaces including Kynar®, PVC, vinyl, Formica®, glass, tile, glazed brick, chalky paints, glossy finishes, fiberglass and metals. If using as a primer for epoxies, lacquers, products containing xylene or other hot solvents, allow to dry for 24 hours before topcoating and test for compatibility in an inconspicuous area before full coat application. For use on interior and exterior surfaces. Not recommended for floors or horizontal surfaces subject to prolonged water contact.

Available in Quarts and Gallons

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  • Ratings & Reviews
  • Preparation, Application & Clean-Up
  • Warranty / Warnings
  • Product Specifications
KILZ® ADHESION Interior | Exterior Primer is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 50.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from product was preferct for my project Used it to cover 2 nightstands to help bond the paint I wanted to paint them. They turned out beautiful. I also recommended the product to a friend so she could do something similar
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked better than expected. Pulled down wainscoting that was put up with liquid nails. This tore a lot of the paper on the drywall. Used this product to "glue" paper edges down before putting on a skim coat. Worked beautifully and you would never suspect the wall damage underneath.
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kilz is top notch! Moved into a 40 year old farmhouse. The last person that lived in it was a heavy smoker, so much so that it was dripping off the walls and ceilings when wiped down. The stench was so bad I thought we were going to have to tear down the drywall. After cleaning the walls we decided to try Kilz. You would never know that anybody ever smoked in the house. I will never use anything other than Kilz again! It saved us thousands of dollars!
Date published: 2015-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Cover Up Works Awesome after a renter painted the kitchen dark red!
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best paint Love this paint! Used it as a primer on a rough brick wall in my backyard, covered perfect the first time around and has been lasting ever since! I don't think I will need to touch up any time soon, thanks kilz!
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kilz exterior primer is a $$$$ saver! After going 10 years to long to paint our house,half the siding was crumbling or rotted. Having already invested 5 grand in paint and lumber for decking and fencing, we couldn't afford to replace all the siding. Two 5 gallon buckets of kill primer saved us!! Our house and old cedar sided shop look wonderful. Our house is now the prime real estate of the neighborhood instead of the eye sore. Thanks guys!!
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked great in the mobile home Used on the interior of the mobile home. Not only the paneled walls but also the textured ceilings. Great coverage!
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great to use. covers great. Covered the bricks great over the fireplace. Wife was a happy camper. Happy wife, happy life.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great assist for a face lift This worked great. It was easy to use and allowed me to paint over existing surfaces that I did not believe would work. It has done a great job and saved me a lot of money and time.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best thing I used this to paint everything in sight it still looks great a I painted plastic wood and pvc this is all I buy
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love how it will bond to anything! I used this product to paint cheap laminate office furniture and I'm so pleased with the results. I used two coats for extra coverage and durability since it will be used often. I'm really pleased with how well the primer bonded to furniture and can tell it will hold up for years to come!
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent adhesion I used this primer on an old trunk with a plastic finish and it worked perfectly. I primarily used this primer because the surface of my trunk was glossy - it had excellent adhesion and only needed one coat. It went on smoothly - I brushed straight out of the can and had no visible brush strokes. I would use this product again and again!
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No sanding needed! I like to cut corners anywhere I can, so I was excited to try this new product from KILZ. Recently, I’ve used it on projects that involved glossy and slick laminate surfaces. As promised, I was able to skip the sanding step and get right to painting after applying this primer.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transformed old dark wood paneling This produce was recommended for us to use to paint our old dark cheap wood paneling in our last home. It would have taken us forever if we would have had to sand all the paneling, in our living room and dining room. We didn't have to do that with this product. Just washed all the walls and applied one coat that sealed the paneling well (think it actually helped harden it), and next day was able to paint over it with the tinted-color we wanted. Wow what a difference it made in ease of transforming and brightening our living area and saved us lots of money not having to tear down and replace all the paneling. Five years later we moved and the painted wood paneled walls were still in great shape and washed up well.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Extra Don't skip this step...well worth the extra time and money
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent primer for slick/glossy surfaces! Used Adhesion Primer on a dresser with a slick laminate top. It went on beautifully and provided the perfect base for the paint. This will be my primer of choice for all slick/glossy surfaces. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2014-03-08
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Surface Preparation

The following steps are recommended for product performance.

  • All surfaces must be clean, dry and free of oil, grease, mildew, wax, dust, flaky rust, mill scale, loose paint, chalk and other foreign matter that could interfere with adhesion.

  • If washing is necessary, use a non-soapy detergent or a TSP substitute, rinse well and allow to dry.

  • Remove loose rust, peeling paint and mill scale with a scraper, wire brush or sandpaper.

  • Clean bare metal in accordance with SPC (The Society for Protective Coatings) specifications for the proper surface preparation of metal surfaces.

  • Peeling or Checked Paint: Scrape off loose paint and sand to a smooth surface. Sanding or removal of paint containing lead is hazardous.

  • Mold or Mildew Covered Surfaces: Wash the area with a mildew remover, rinse with water and allow to dry before priming.

  • While KILZ ADHESION Primer is formulated to bond without sanding, it is recommended that a small area be tested for adhesion prior to beginning the job.


  • Wear eye protection.
  • Apply using a brush, roller or sprayer.
  • Brush – High quality Nylon/Polyester
  • Roller – High quality 3/8-1/2" nap on smooth surfaces or 1/2-3/4" nap on semi-rough or porous surfaces.
  • Airless spray – .015-.021 tip / 60 mesh filter @ 2,500–3,200 PSI
  • For spray applications, a small amount of water (no more than ½ pint per gallon) may be added.
  • Only apply if surface, air and product temperatures are between 50°-90°F (10°-32°C).
  • Stir thoroughly before and occasionally during use.
  • Prime the entire surface to ensure a uniform appearance of the topcoat.
  • Finishing: Topcoat within 30 days to prevent contamination of the primer before painting.
  • Tinting: May be tinted with up to 2 oz. (60 mL) of universal colorant per gallon. Tinting to a lighter shade than the topcoat is recommended.
  • Coverage: 300-400 sq. ft.(28-37 m2) per gallon depending on application method and surface porosity.

Dry Time @ 77°F (25°C), 50% RH

  • Dries to the touch in 30 minutes.

  • Recoat after 1 hour

  • Lower temperatures, higher humidity, poor ventilation or heavy application can significantly increase dry and recoat times.

Clean-Up & Disposal

  • Clean equipment and paint spatters with warm, soapy water.
  • Do not dispose of this product down a drain.
  • Please consider donating any unused product.
  • For recycling or disposal information contact your local household refuse collection service.
  • If spilled, contain material and remove with an inert absorbent. Dispose of contaminated absorbent, container and unused product in accordance with all current local, state and federal regulations.


Masterchem Industries LLC warrants to you, the original residential consumer purchaser, the performance of this product as described on this label for so long as you reside in your home. If this product is found to be defective upon inspection by its representative, Masterchem Industries LLC will, at its option and upon presentation of proof-of-purchase (the original receipt), either furnish an equivalent amount of new product or refund the original purchase price of this product to you. This warranty is not transferable. This warranty excludes (1) labor and costs of labor for the application or removal of any product, and (2) any incidental or consequential damages, whether based on breach of express or implied warranty, negligence, strict liability or any other legal theory. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. To the extent permitted by applicable law, any implied warranties including the implied warranties of merchantability and of fitness for a particular purpose, are limited to the duration of this express warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state. Note to residents of the State of New Jersey: The provisions of this warranty, including its limitations, are intended to apply to the fullest extent permitted by the laws of the State of New Jersey. For warranty service, call: 1-866-774-6371, or email: Masterchem Industries LLC reserves the right to inspect any and all application of the product prior to processing your claim made under this warranty.
†Provided it is allowed to dry for 24 hours before topcoating and tested for compatibility in an inconspicuous area before full coat application.


If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to


This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.


Sanding or scraping pressure treated lumber may be hazardous; wear appropriate protection.



Warning! Irritant!

HARMFUL OR FATAL IF SWALLOWED. CONTAINS ETHYLENE GLYCOL. Avoid contact with eyes. May cause eye, nose and throat irritation. Avoid breathing of dust, vapors or spray mist. Open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. If you experience eye watering, headache, or dizziness, or if air monitoring demonstrates vapor / mist levels are above applicable limits, wear an appropriate, properly fitted respirator (NIOSH / MSHA TC 23C or equivalent) during and after application. Follow respirator manufacturer’s direction for respirator use. Close container after each use. Wash thoroughly after handling and before smoking and eating.

First Aid

  • If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately.

  • If you experience difficulty in breathing, leave the area to obtain fresh air. If continued difficulty is experienced, get medical attention immediately.

  • In case of eye contact, flush eyes immediately with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes and get medical attention.




Cautions / Limitations





  • Base


  • Int/Ext


  • Color


  • Coverage - Low

    300 sq. ft.

  • Mils Wet


  • Mils Dry


  • Coverage High

    400 sq. ft.

  • Mils Wet


  • Mils Dry


  • Finish @ 85°

    < 10

  • Min Application Temp

    50°F (10°C)

  • Max Application Temp

    90°F (32°C)

  • Viscosity

    93 - 100 KU

  • Dry To Touch

    30 min

  • Dry To Recoat

    1 hour

  • Max Tint

    2 oz

  • VOC

    100 g/L

  • Brush

    Nylon / Poly

  • Roller - Smooth Surface

    3/8" - 1/2" nap

  • Roller - Porous Surface

    1/2" - 3/4" nap

  • Spray Tip

    .015" - .021"

  • Spray Filter

    60 mesh

  • Spray Pressure

    2,500 - 3,200

  • Volume Solids

    42% (+/-) 2%

  • Weight Solids

    58% (+/-) 2%

  • Flashpoint