KILZ RESTORATION™<br/> Interior Primer

Interior Primer







New Name, Same Hardworking Formula!
KILZ RESTORATION™ Primer (Formerly KILZ MAX) is a new generation water-based primer, sealer and stainblocker 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. Use on interior surfaces including drywall, woodwork, plaster, masonry, brick, painted metal, ceramic tile, glass and most other glossy surfaces. Topcoat with water-based or oil-based paint. Use to block odors from subfloor when replacing carpet or wood flooring.


Available in Gallons & Fives

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  • Ratings & Reviews
  • Preparation, Application & Clean-Up
  • Warranty / Warnings
  • Product Specifications
KILZ RESTORATION™ Interior Primer is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 202.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kills extreme odor I bought a small house that was long term occupied by a renter who smoked. The enter house reeked. The ceilings were urine colored. Rest of house as bad. The kilz restorative killed the odor and covered the stains. It was so disgusting I could not take photos
Date published: 2021-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't work I bought this for nicotine stains on my ceiling and walls. Followed all of the instructions and the stains came right back and the ceiling and walls looked exactly the same. Applied a 2nd coat as instructed and it still didn't work. So I spent alot of money for nothing. I had to buy the Zinnser primer and it covered in 1 coat. I should have used this to start with but I thought this Kilz would work like it said and not have as strong of an odor. I was wrong and it cost me time and a lot of money.
Date published: 2021-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blocks stains and odors very well I bought a condo whose previous owner had, shall we say...more cats and dogs than any one person needs? They did what unhappy pets do and did their business everywhere. The wood floors were a lost cause but they'd also sprayed the walls, and someone had been a smoker since the ceiling stank too. One application of Kilz Restoration was enough to seal the ceiling and the walls, blocking all the stains and smells. Now all I smell is...nothing. And a tiny hint of paint. It was easy to apply, easy to clean, and required no special surface prep for good adhesion. I just cleaned the walls and ceilings with TSP and painted with a roller. My only small complaint is that no matter how I tried to apply it, it was never quite smooth - there's always a slightly rough texture. This isn't noticeable at all on drywall, especially if it's textured. But on wood trim, it's very noticeable and you need to sand after priming before putting on your top coat. Hardly the end of the world, and worth it for the stain and odor blocking ability. I hope not to need this product in the future, but I'd buy it again if I did.
Date published: 2021-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from did the job! I contacted Kilz as we were getting new carpet and had pet stains on the sub floor and the concrete. we did a lot of ready on the internet and didn't have a lot o time to do what some of the steps were to prep a floor. The agent that emailed back said this would be a great product for us, basically just paint it on. We had a hard time finding it at first and the CSA I emailed actually looked up all the different stores in the area for me who was either supposed to carry it or did have it. We found it and I contacted her again and let her know we found it. The product was amazing and we were able to coat our suspected areas 3x (you dont have to but we wanted to make sure there was no permanent smell!) We also did this too because we didn't want to spend a lot of money on carpet only to have a urine smell penetrate through. I have allergies and I cannot smell too well, but the carpet people that installed the carpet said they could not smell anything! What a blessing! Thank you Kilz and Thank you to your wonderful customer service agents who help people like us!! And the best part is that the dog has completely stayed away from the area he had peed on!! (previous owner had a dog that peed in one spot so my dog thought he should do the same :( but he doesnt anymore!
Date published: 2021-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome adhesion and blockage! Great job sealing old cedar paneling. I was able to paint a white with only two coats, and no bleed-through!
Date published: 2021-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got rid of Cat urine odor on concrete!! 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!
Date published: 2021-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product works as advertised As far as I'm concerned Kilz is the ONLY brand I'll use!
Date published: 2021-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great We used this on a room that had water damage. Restoration came to a halt as my husband's illness took him to rest. Now as I continue the restoration the wood we painted is ready and the brightness of it makes me smile as I think of us being goofy while we painted it together. It's reminds me I have a bright future in this house full of memories.
Date published: 2021-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smell is Gone, gone, gone!! Purchased a home from smokers.. On the advice of a co-worker, I used Kilz on the walls, trim and Stucco ceilings before repainting and glad I did. There was still a lingering odor of smoke (from the hardwood floor (and sub floor as it turned out) so Kilz to the rescue again. Before replacing the floor, painted the subfloor with Kilz and as expected, NO more smoke smell.... Awesome product!!!
Date published: 2021-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what others want It was the solution to a problem covered up all the tenant that I have
Date published: 2021-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great odor control My wife and I purchased a must have home. However, it was owned by a person who one, owned numerous cats. And two, was not the most hygiene conscious. Needless to say. It smelled. After removing all carpet and flooring as well as having the ducts cleaned. The odor is gone baby! Lots of work. But boy did it pay off. Thank you for a great product! Eric S. Harrisburg PA
Date published: 2021-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kilz Restoration saved me money We bought a house with foul smelling floorboards. Kilz Restoration blocked the odors wonderfully!
Date published: 2021-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Great stuff for odors used this after a flood before installing floors
Date published: 2021-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gets rid of that cat smell! we painted my whole house with this after dozens of cats had been living in it. In spite of the fact that it used to make your eyes water in there, a good scrub down and a coat of this stuff really took care of the odor.
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best primer! We recently used this primer during a minor renovation in our home and it was perfect. A previous painter had painted flat paint over semi gloss and it turned out awful, there are so many patches everywhere, it was horrible. We decided to try and fix it, this primer was perfect.
Date published: 2021-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great primer I purchased this primer when I found out that the original isn't available in DE.
Date published: 2020-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT STUFF! I bought this to do my walls of my 100 year old home and it did a fantastic job!
Date published: 2020-10-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not an adhesion primer Although I'm sure this primer has it's place in the world, do not trust it for an adhesion primer. We washed and sanded some cabinets. Primed with restoration. 24 hrs later it scratched right off with your finger nail. Had to sand it all off and start again.
Date published: 2020-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Bought this to cover heavily smoked stained ceilings. It was recommended by a sales associate at Home Depot. some areas of the ceiling were bronze coloured. This product covered up the stains easily. No signs of the stains after 2 weeks. Went on easily with minimal dripping. It made my wife super happy and if she's happy, I am elated!!!!
Date published: 2020-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked perfectly!! We bought a house that previously had pets. There was a huge amount of pet urine odor in the bedrooms even after we removed the old flooring. We used KILZ Restoration to prime the floor before getting new carpets. Easy to use. Dried much faster than I woukd expect. Covered ALL ODOR. No trace of any urine smell even through heat and humid weather.
Date published: 2020-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works! And works Amazingly ! Bought this to prime an air conditioning closet. We treated with Kilz for mold. It covered and completely treated and sealed the closet. It’s been a year and we’ve had no more issues return. Would highly recommend.
Date published: 2020-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works grate the best i fond to do the job right i building a house
Date published: 2020-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product i bought after dlkng plumbing repair under my sink and caught it on fire. The smell was bad. Only a couple of two by fours in wall caught on fire, we go out before damaged too bad. But the smoke smell was on everything inside the cabinets and drawers. We had to paint all the inside lf the cabinet, drawers inside and out. And the boards that caught on fire to cover the smoke smell that you could smell in kitchen and each time you opened a cabinet door. After painting everything it took away all the smell like it never happened. Will always use and recommend kilz products. If you're reading this twice the first time it some how got changed to one star. I give it 5 stars for a great product. So I am giving a rave review. I've used kilz on many projects besides this throughout the years.
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great I bought this a week ago .It works Great perfect coverage. Easy to apply. Smooth surface
Date published: 2020-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product I used this to restore particle board cabinets in the kitchen, mom said it couldn't be done, now she can't be more happy with my finished job
Date published: 2020-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kilz killed it i bought after dlkng plumbing repair under my sink and caught it on fire. The smell was bad. Only a couple of two by fours in wall caught on fire, we go out before damaged too bad. But the smoke smell was on everything inside the cabinets and drawers. We had to paint all the inside lf the cabinet, drawers inside and out. And the boards that caught on fire to cover the smoke smell that you could smell in kitchen and each time you opened a cabinet door. After painting everything it took away all the smell like it never happened. Will always use and recommend kilz products
Date published: 2020-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not great Tried this product on oil based trim, which I previously sanded and it still didn't adhere well. Was really disappointed. This product is not worth the price.
Date published: 2020-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overage Very good coverage. 1 maybe 2 coats and the best coverage ever
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! We bought this when we first bought our house. Previous owners let their BIG dog go to the rest room in one corner of the room! This stuff saved us!
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing coverage. Had a leak in family room over fireplace. Used Kilz and couldn't be more pleased. Thank you.
Date published: 2020-04-22
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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 RESTORATION Primer may be used on clean, dry, aged interior masonry surfaces that have cured (dried) at least 30 days.
  • Fire Restoration: It is critical to clean and repair damaged surfaces thoroughly before priming.


  • 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. 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.
  • Sealing Odors: For persistent odors, apply a second coat of primer before topcoating. If odor continues, a longer drytime is needed before topcoating.
  • Tinting: KILZ RESTORATION 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

  • To Touch: 30 Minutes

  • To Recoat / Topcoat: 1 Hour

  • Application at lower temperatures, high humidity or poor ventilation 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


  • Max Application Temp


  • Viscosity

    95 -105 KU

  • Dry To Touch

    30 min

  • Dry To Recoat

    1 hour

  • Max Tint

    2 oz

  • VOC

    75 g/L

  • Brush


  • 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

    37.5% (+/-) 2%

  • Weight Solids

    54.0% (+/-) 2%

  • Flashpoint