The introduction of new wire arc spraying equipment with chopped power supplies offers many possibilities to improve the wire arc spraying process. These power sources provide higher process stability even at reduced voltages. On the one hand conventional applications can be enhanced and on the other hand new processes can be developed. Due to the high process stability the introduction of additional particles into the atomizing gas stream is possible. This can be applied to produce coatings with a high wear resistance as well as a high surface roughness. A combined technology of particle injection and the productive wire arc spraying process enables the economic production of innovative functional surfaces. In the last years ITSC, the injection of corundum particles had been presented. In this paper further strategies for inserting particles into the gas stream and experimental results are shown for iron based coatings. For the reinforcement different carbides were injected into the atomizing gas stream.