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 255.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The beat quality primer I just refinished my hallway which is was original wood paneling from the 50s and thanks to this primer I was able to easily cover it in two coats, savings me so much time and money. Previously I tried another primer for the same paneling and it took 4 coats and my sanity.
Date published: 2020-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from covers well strong smell I bought this a week ago started to do coverage on my dark blue room. Needed 2 coats covered well. The smell was the hard part make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Also the viscosity was a little thin so protect floors from drips. Happy Painting!
Date published: 2020-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing product I used kilz 3 on a dark blue room I was painting for my grandson who wanted grey walls. To say I was impressed is an understatement. I put one coat of kilz 3 and was amazed at the covering. One coat and blue no more. I have always been a kilz lover but this made the job much easier and my back not hurt as much. What an amazing product kilz. I will use you forever!! Those Grammy loves to paint ! The whole family calls on me at 52
Date published: 2020-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hides the stains. I bought this to paint the water stain spits in my basement. It did a great job!!
Date published: 2020-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product When I purchased this I really didn't know if it would work or not, How surprised I was when it not only worked but better than I ever could have imagined. I had a rental property that was so damaged by dogs we almost had to rip up the sub flooring. Luckily Kilz worked so well and with one coat that it literally saved us thousands.
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only primer that covers with just one coat! We have used several cans during our remodel and were very pleased with the results.
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellant coverage i used this on my small shed .it covered in one coat very great product for sure will always use it
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EASY Primed metal roof, sprayed on and it worked just like I wanted it to.
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performed as promised We have an older home that has moisture issues in the bathroom. When we repainted the bathroom, we used Kilz primer for the bathroom and then painted it in our color choice. We are very pleased with the performance.
Date published: 2020-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was not impressed with the newer kilz Bought to prime my home so I could paint it. It has been a few years and the time had come to paint. This primer was like water. Didnt seem to adhere very well and I had my home pressure washed prior to this to knock off any dirt /debris that accumulates over time. Will not waste my time paying the extra money for the kilz 3 again!
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old House? Use Kilz!!! When you are the proud owner of an old house, you never know what you're going to come across! After stripping 60's era wallpaper I found mystery stains on the plaster. Not knowing what they were from, the ONLY proper thing to do, is Kilz it! That way you know you are good to go! Paint or paper you are ready to go with Kilz as your base! Thank you for a great family of products!
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Covered smoke We had a fire that left smoke colored ceilings -.this did the trick
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Covers Dark Paneling I’ve been covering wood paneling in my house and this product allows for a quick cover up. One coat and I’m ready to paint.
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful coverage This is our go to base coat. We bought a new home and have to paint every wall, most are bare walls under old wallpaper and this helps us get a great base for our color coat.
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product Bought primer for our new shop to cover drywall. Covered and rolled on great
Date published: 2020-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from JUST LOVE THIS STUFF !!! I run a handyman service, so I get many requests for painting old things. Kilzs 3 Premium primes and seals wood, drywall & concrete for my remodeling projects. I double coat the projects then double coat with the paint that the customer wants. The finished job always looks great and lasts & last !!!
Date published: 2020-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best I used kilz to prime bathroom and kitchen walls that hadn't been painted in years. The kilz covered evenly and blocked several stubborn stains. It was easy to apply.
Date published: 2020-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding coverage This product is amazing. I recently redid my living room and kitchen. The ceiling had dark wood strips that I wanted to cover with a light grey. After having the lady at Lowe’s tint it grey (which she though I was crazy for trim & accent) I was excited. This is magic it covered in one coat where I previously had tried and 3 coats into it I was not satisfied. The best advice to cover dark stained wood is to use this and tint however you like. Guarantee this will be my go to first choice from now on
Date published: 2020-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING PRODUCT! Worth every penny! I used this product on an exterior screened in porch that had new wood and wood that was over 30 years old. Product performed beautifully. Great coverage, smooth, worked better than any other primer I have used. Committed loyal customer to this product!
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great results Had som mildew spots that were persistent until i us ed d kilz
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killed the smoker smell forever Used Kilz on brown wood paneling, walls and ceiling in the basement of the house we bought after we found out previous owner was a smoker! What an amazing difference! It went from a disgusting yellow lint to white and then painted. Now you never would have guessed that a heavy smoker lived there! Mind blown!!!
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great base for painting kitchen cabinets We use this product to cover kitchen cabinets to prepare for painting after sanding them. We just did some cherry finished cabinets and changed them to brilliant white. The 2 coats of Kilz Premium allows us to be confident that the paint will adhere and last over time.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gets the job started perfectly Bought Premium 3 for the bathroom vanity repurpose! Sanded it first, primed with this and then oil base paint over it. Looks new!
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not live up to reputation and expectations. Followed the instructions Exactly as they are stated on the can. Product does not spread smoothly, does not cover and requires several coats. Product also bubbled up on properly prepped siding. I will not be using this brand again.
Date published: 2020-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coverage at it's Best! Purchased to paint the wall of the basement and it worked out great. Coverage that made the basement look so much better!
Date published: 2020-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely worthless Was still tacky after 6 weeks in a very dry space with plenty of ventilation. Was told by kilz to go ahead and paint. The paint simply smears on it.
Date published: 2020-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always works great We always use KILZ when a primer is needed. It always works great and does the job.
Date published: 2019-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome primer! Currently working on a desk that was handed down to me. It had been in a smoker’s home for at least 25 years. The desk originally belonged to my husband’s grandmother so I knew I had to save it! I already had Kilz premium on hand from another project, so I grabbed that after cleaning the piece as much as possible and started my work. It’s got great coverage! I’m working on a second coat now because of the dark color and the terrible stains it endured over the years. I highly recommend Kilz premium! So far it’s looks amazing!
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed We bought this products several years ago after hearing how well it covers orders and stains. I have used it before putting new flooring down since then. It does what it says and blocks the odors. I would recommend to anyone who has pets.
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coverage! I recently bought a house that is just like walking into the 70s. All the walls are paneled. This primer is amazing and covers perfectly! Great product!!!
Date published: 2019-10-31
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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® 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 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 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