Plasma sprayed oxide coatings are widely used in applications where the surface properties of the coatings dictate the performance of the coating. The knowledge of chemical surface properties of plasma sprayed oxide coatings is very limited and to our knowledge surface chemical studies of these coatings have not been published. Surface properties of common plasma sprayed oxide coatings exposed to water based electrolytes were evaluated using several surface sensitive techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrophoretic mobility studies. The dissolution behaviour of the coating materials were studied using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS). Other characterization techniques included X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) combined with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The correlation between chemical stability, bulk and surface properties of the coatings were evaluated. Obtained results are compared with published values of traditionally manufactured oxide counterparts.