KILZ 3® PREMIUM<br/> Interior | Exterior Primer

Interior | Exterior Primer







New Look, Same Trusted Formula! KILZ 3® PREMIUM primer is a superior quality, fast drying, low odor, very low VOC, water-based primer-sealer-stainblocker. It has excellent adhesion and provides a mildew resistant coating making it ideal for use in moisture-prone areas. KILZ PREMIUM primer blocks most medium to heavy stains caused by water, tannin, ink, pencil, felt marker and grease. Its thicker high hiding formula hides surface imperfections and prepares the surface better for painting. Use on interior and exterior surfaces including woodwork, drywall, plaster, paneling, masonry, brick, painted metal and properly prepared glossy surfaces. Works with oil and water-based paints. Not recommended for floors.


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KILZ 3® PREMIUM Interior | Exterior Primer is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 344.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great to cover shiny old paint I bought this about a month ago while repainting my entire house. The sheen on my walls were too shiny and the color was a bright orange. I used this to cover up the color perfectly and then applied my paint. What a difference it made. One coat of paint and a brand new white walled kitchen to look modern. Thanks Kilz! You saved the day.
Date published: 2021-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Covers water stains Have used many times. Most recently on water stains on ceiling from sky light leak.
Date published: 2021-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Product Really enjoyed painting with Kilz 3. One coat worked great as a primer.
Date published: 2021-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Multipurpose. My favorite primer. One job I used this at I needed to prime wooden kitchen cabinets, water stains on a ceiling and walls that had just had wallpaper removed. I felt confident that it would work on all three. It did. Also I feel safe as far as fumes go. Some primers make people sick. Myself included. This primer did not. I wish I had photos to show. It turned out gorgeous
Date published: 2021-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paint dark to light Just used this to paint over dark green patches where I was sampling wall colors. To a pale blue gray. Primed and one coat perfect.
Date published: 2021-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Covers so well! I used this last yr for the first time, converting a spare bedroom into a "puppy room", we're in a manufactured home, with that shiny wallpaper. this covered it so well, no bleed through, stuck to it well. I was very pleased! I kept reading there was nothing to be done, but peel all paper off. NOT true! so easy & works well. less work, my time is important!
Date published: 2021-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never use another primer again! Moved into a new home and the kitchen and living room was covered in dark brown trim! Ugh! One coat of Kilz 3 primer and a coat of white paint had it looking like a completely different space. Even covered a brick fireplace in one coat. Highly recommend this product for anyone who needs to cover up dark ugly colors. What a breeze
Date published: 2021-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not good as its promise Bought it a month ago to paint doors and kitchen cabinets
Date published: 2021-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great results!! I have used up to 4 gallons of Kilz 3 premium primer when I changed my whole upstairs from stained trim and doors to white paint and my kitchen cabinets from stained to black paint and I couldn’t be more happier with using this product! I’ve had many friends compliment on how they turned out and I told them kilz 3 was the way to go❤️
Date published: 2021-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cabinet prime I bought this product last month for the very first time, and had a great experience!
Date published: 2021-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Covered the vandalism on our walls! Thrilled ! So grateful that it completely covered the graffiti/permanent black marker on the walls!
Date published: 2021-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Used it on out "new" redone ceiling. Some old stains came through but Kilz premium took care of those. Stains were gone and ceiling is ready for paint.
Date published: 2021-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good coverage on pine This was recommended to me as a good product to paint over knots in pine
Date published: 2021-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very versatile for all of my projects! I have been able to use this on my antique wood chairs that were turned into colorful planters full of colorful flowers in the seats.
Date published: 2021-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good coverage Had pieces of globby paint throughout even though it was shaken st store and stirred at home. Had to keep picking pieces off wall!
Date published: 2021-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I OPENED MY EYES … AND SAW NOTHING BUT SPOTS The girls painted their bedroom when they were ‘tweens’ … Bright Yellow walls and ceiling … plus large purple polka-dots! It was a dream come true for them. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Well they started high-school ~ that’s what. Time to switch to a ‘girly-girly’ decor. KILZ3 - PREMIUM Interior/Exterior Primer to the rescue … Those Poka-Dots disappeared‘Lilith-Split’ KILZ TO THE RESCUE
Date published: 2021-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I decided to buy the more expensive Kilz primer in an attempt to cover the existing paint colour. The product description specifically mentions this products ability to cover existing colours. Kilz ability to block existing colours is extremely overstated. I believe Kilz is only slightly better than ordinary tap water at hiding an existing colour. This is the most disappointing paint product I have ever wasted my renovation budget on. Dont waste your time. Buy a different product. I would have awarded less stars if I could have.
Date published: 2021-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I always use Kilz primer for the bathroom! Wonder primer for moist places. I always use a coat of Kilz before I paint my bathrooms. I even painted my bedroom floor with Kilz before our carpet was laid.
Date published: 2021-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top brand Best brand on the market, never fails & have been using for decades.
Date published: 2021-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent coverage! Bought to do my ceiling and it covered some stains. Just disappeared.
Date published: 2021-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great I used this primer before I painted and am very pleased with the coverage.
Date published: 2021-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Coverage I bought this product to cover paneling that is emiting vapor. Kilz sealed the plywood.
Date published: 2021-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coverage of course I picked this up this summer. I hadn't purchased the before. I just usually bought the standard Kilz exterior. Wow. What a difference. Only needed one coat.
Date published: 2021-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior stain block I've been using Kilz for over 30 years and recently tried the Kilz 3 , immediate results on first coat , definitely satisfied.
Date published: 2021-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around oil based primer We use this as our go to exterior primer and frequently on interior trim.
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy application and quick dry Kilz 3 was recommended to me when refinishing my kitchen cabinets. It worked perfectly and my cabinets are amazing. Getting ready to do my camper next.
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I could imagine Purchased last fall to brighten and update multiple types of surfaces around front entry. Provided uniform coverage, shame to cover with paint.
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It does exactly what the label sats I have been using this for many years.I do jobs for outside covers very well .it makes painting easy and quick.I love it.
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Covers well and lasts We bought this product for our apartment Bathroom ceiling stains and it Covers well and lasts
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hides grain on wood surface or past flaws Love this product! It is so easy to apply and sand smooth..refinished a table top of oak wood; absolutely covered all grain marks, so pleased with is product. Have used many other Kilz primers, all have been very good!
Date published: 2021-01-19
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Surface Preparation*

The following steps are recommended for product performance.

  • All surfaces must be clean, free of dust, chalk, oil, grease, wax, polish, mold and mildew, loose peeling paint, rust and all other foreign substances.
  • If washing is necessary, use a non-soapy detergent or a TSP substitute, rinse well and allow to dry.
  • Peeling or Checked Paint: Scrape off loose paint and sand to a smooth surface. Sanding or removal of paint containing lead is hazardous.*
  • Glossy Surfaces: For maximum adhesion, scuff sand the surface thoroughly before priming.*
  • Mold or Mildew Covered Surfaces: Wash the area with a mildew remover, rinse with water and allow to dry before priming.
  • Masonry, Brick, Stucco and Plaster: KILZ 3® PREMIUM 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 3® PREMIUM Primer.
  • Fire Restoration: It is critical to clean damaged surfaces thoroughly before priming. Primer recommendations: KILZ® RESTORATION for water-based (interior); KILZ® ORIGINAL or KILZ® ORIGINAL EXTERIOR for oil-based.


  • Eye protection is recommended. For spray applications, a small amount of water (no more than 1/2 pint per gallon) may be added. Do not thin for stainblocking applications.
  • Only apply if surface, air and product temperatures are between 50°-90°F (10°-32°C). Stir thoroughly before and occasionally during use. 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 – .017-.021 tip / 60 mesh filter
  • Prime the entire surface to ensure a uniform appearance of the topcoat.
  • Stainblocking: After priming, test for stain bleed-through by applying the topcoat to a small section. If the stain bleeds through the topcoat, apply a second coat of primer and test again before topcoating the entire area. If bleeding continues, a longer dry time is needed before topcoating.
  • Tinting: KILZ 3® PREMIUM Primer may be tinted with up to 2 ounces of universal colorant per gallon. Tinting to a lighter shade than the topcoat is recommended.
  • Coverage: 300-400 sq. ft. (27.87-37 m2) per gallon depending on application method and surface porosity.

Dry Time at 77°F (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 will affect dry time.

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 federal, state and local regulations. For recycling or disposal information contact your local household refuse collection service.


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.


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



Warning! Irritant!

CAUTION IRRITANT 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 directions for respirator use. Close container after each use. Wash thoroughly after handling and before smoking or eating.


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

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.

KEEP FROM FREEZING. If frozen, let thaw at room temperature. 


  • Base


  • Int/Ext


  • Color


  • Coverage - Low

    300 sq. ft.

  • Mils Wet


  • Mils Dry


  • Coverage High

    400 sq. ft.

  • Mils Wet


  • Mils Dry


  • Finish @ 85°


  • Min Application Temp

    50°F (10°C)

  • Max Application Temp

    90°F (32°C)

  • Viscosity

    95 - 105 KU

  • Dry To Touch

    30 min

  • Dry To Recoat

    1 hour

  • Max Tint

    2 oz

  • VOC

    <5 g/L

  • Brush

    Nylon / Poly

  • Roller - Smooth Surface

    3/8" - 1/2" nap

  • Roller - Porous Surface

    1/2" - 3/4" nap

  • Spray Tip

    .017" - .021"

  • Spray Filter

    60 mesh

  • Spray Pressure

    2,500 - 3,000

  • Volume Solids

    54.7% (+/-) 2%

  • Weight Solids

    40.5% (+/-) 2%

  • Flashpoint