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Email: attila@the3rdcoat.com.au
Plastering and repairs
Stain blocking
House washing, gutter cleaning
Rendering and render repairs
Paint stripping
Non-structural carpentry and renovations
Lead paint removal
Non-structural carpentry
Tiling repairs and sealing
Staining and varnishing
Roof re-pointing
Rot repairs
Decorative finishes
Graffiti removal and anti-graffiti coatings
Window glazing


Installing a plaster bulkhead above kitchen cabinets

Step 1: Install metal brackets as support for timber backing, horizontally packed out for level
Step 2: Install timber backing, connected to brackets. Pack out for level

Step 3
: Install plasterboard pieces, cut to size

Step 4
: Apply metal external angles and Fibafuse jointing tape respectively, embedded in basecoat plaster

Step 5
: Apply a second coat of basecoat and a final skimcoat

Step 6
: Sand, clean, prime and paint

A Typical Exterior Repaint

Stage 1: Clean all surfaces with sugar soap solution, then pressure wash to rinse
Stage 2: Remove and collect loose/flaking paint

Stage 3: Repair/replace rotten wood, rusted gutters and missing/deteriorated window glazing. Fill gaps where needed to keep out moisture. Spot prime bare and glossy surfaces Stage 4: Apply Dulux Weathershield or other premium exterior paint


"Attila's work is impeccable and his commitment to customer service is supreme.  He recently carried out some painting and repair works for me in the tight confines of an apartment hallway and bathroom. he works were completed on time, on budget and to a perfect standard. His clean up was also flawless. Couldn't recommend Attila more highly." - Scott, Balaclava, June/2017

"Attila has just finished repainting the inside of our 1940's house. He repaired large cracks due to restumping, on walls, ceilings and around the cornices. He reattached loose ceiling sections. Attila also repainted the old sash windows and picture rails. His preparation is second to none, and so is his quality and attention to detail.
Usually I like to be at home while tradesmen are working on the house but in Attila's case I was more than happy to give him the keys to the house so he could come and go. He is most trustworthy and I highly recommend him. "
- Steve, Blackburn South, May/2017

"Attila has just completed painting both the interior and exterior of our two storey house. He carefully prepared all surfaces to be painted, his work was meticulous, and completed to an uncompromising high standard. The site was always left clean and tidy and I don't think one drop of paint was ever spilt! He was invariably pleasant and good humoured. I would have no hesitation in using him for any future projects of ours and I unreservedly recommend him." - Andrew, Surrey Hills, November/2016

"I was lucky enough to win 8 hours of painting in Attila's promotional competition. He did thorough preparation before painting, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the exceptionally high standard of his work. He was efficient, helpful, careful, reliable, and very easy to get along with. He worked so well that he finished within time. If you are looking to freshen up your rooms for spring [as part of your spring cleaning?] I recommend him very highly. I will certainly hire him for any painting jobs I have in the future. There were no hassles at all, and I'm grateful for his work.  I recommend him very highly." - Jan, Mount Waverley, September/2016

"Attila has just finished painting the challenging  interior of our house with its solid walls, which are prone to cracking and movement. His preparation and finished paintwork were meticulous. He was always accommodating, considerate and courteous. He would always keep us informed of what his plans were, in regard  to arrival times and approach to the work. He is always good humoured. I would happily recommend him as a painter." - Traecey, Kew, April/2016

"I was delighted with the task done by Attila of The 3rd Coat. His work was outstanding and he met and exceeded my expectations. I would recommend him to anyone requiring a professional painter. He is also a good guy with a sense of humour." - Tom, Black Rock, Sept/2015

"Attila repainted the interior of our home and we could not have asked for a better planned, professionally executed and well-finished job. His preparation was extensive, his attention to detail throughout was spot-on. Attila is a capable and personable guy and we have already booked him in the Spring to come back and do the exterior. Highly recommended." - Leon, Aberfeldie, May/2015

"Attila Ruboczki is the owner operator of the house painting service 'The 3rd Coat'. We hired Attila to paint the outside of our weatherboard house after we had seen his work on a neighbour's house and had gained their recommendation. We found Attila to be a helpful and communicative tradesman who takes pride in his work, was honest, reliable and caring of our property."
- Westly, Mont Albert, Aug/2014

"Dear Attila, Many thanks for all your meticulous, thorough painting job on my unit. I will certainly spread the word about your professional approach to your work. Christmas best wishes."
- Karl, Mt Waverley, Dec/2013

"Attila has just finished painting our rather large 5 bedroom weatherboard house. He has done a magnificent job and has been really great at saying when he is coming and has been delightful to have around. He has also been a really honest painter as he has pointed out areas of rotten window frames and weatherboards and instead of just painting over them he has either filled them correctly or recommended that we get the builder to replace the wood. I highly recommend Attila as a skilled painter. He had also done great job of our interior painting earlier this year and we asked him to do the Exterior as we were so impressed with the finished result." - Chris, Mont Albert, Nov/2013

"I would highly recommend Attila as a conscientious, professional and skilled painter. Not only was Attila punctual and completed a great job, he was also very flexible in addressing our particular needs. Communication from first contact through to finalisation of job was brilliant, and we were very happy with the final product. We will definitely be using the services of The 3rd Coat again." - Nicole, Surrey Hills, Aug/2013

"The 3rd Coat as far as painters go leave no stone unturned when it comes to meticulous preparation and workmanship. Very happy with the work done." - Juke, South Yarra, Aug/2013

"It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Hello and welcome to
The 3rd Coat

My name is Attila, and I am owner-operator of The 3rd Coat, a Melbourne based painting business. At the moment it is a one-man-band, to ensure consistent quality of workmanship in all projects. Being a one-man band allows me to keep my high standards even when the market doesn't pay for it. A company of employees would not be able to afford to do this, as the business owner would be literally losing money and end up going bankrupt.

I have a degree in international economics, but a few years ago when I moved from Hungary to New Zealand I decided that working with my hands, and especially the thorough approach, varied trade skills and patience required in painting, suited me better than the work I used to do. Was employed as maintenance person in a hotel in New Zealand for years, my job included renovating rooms from wallpaper removal to skim-coating, repairs and painting. I was also responsible for all maintenance works in the hotel, from plumbing to furniture repairs and supervised electrical maintenance.

After a few years I moved to Australia for better opportunities. Worked for a body corporate painting company on projects of various sizes, mainly exteriors. Fascias, gutters, eaves, doors, windows, masonry walls etc. Gained formal qualifications as a painter and decorator. Eventually I started my own business and it has been growing steadily, mainly through word of mouth referrals. I am currently based in the Whitehorse region (Mont Albert), and am happy to service the nearby suburbs of Surrey Hills, Camberwell, Doncaster, Balwyn, Box Hill etc. but will travel to other areas, depending on project size.

My business is covered with public liability insurance and I have an Elevated Work Platform licence and extensive experience in working off such equipment. Well-versed in water damage remedial works, stain blocking, plastering, rot repairs, replacing sections of spouting and fascia and other repair projects. Have access to painting help if time is an issue, and other trades people for any repairs that I lack the efficiency at - replacing windows, doors etc. I offer a 5-year warranty on interior projects, and 3 years on exteriors. This warranty covers repairs to any paint blistering, flaking or rusting that is the result of The 3rd Coat's workmanship.

Naturally, The 3rd Coat provides free, no obligation quotes for projects of all sizes.