The corrosion and corrosion-wear behaviour of a thermal sprayed nanostructured FeCu/WC-Co coating were investigated in a Hank's solution and compared to stainless steel AISI 304 and nanostructured WC-Co coatings. Electrochemical noise and potentiodynamic polarization measurements were conducted along with an ex situ scanning electron microscopy to unfold the response of these materials under these corrosive and corrosion-wear test conditions. The multiphase structure of the FeCu/WC-Co coating induces a complex corrosion behaviour. Under corrosion-wear conditions, the nanostructured FeCu/WC-Co coating exhibits a depassivation/repassivation behaviour comparable to the behaviour of stainless steel AISI 304 and nanostructured WC-Co coatings. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.