The effect of grit blasting exposure time on the adhesion of plasma sprayed Al2O3 and 316L stainless steel coatings was studied in the present work. The steel substrates were grit blasted prior to the coating deposition. Two sets of substrates with exposure time of 1 and 4 seconds were prepared. Both types of coatings were deposited using Water Stabilized Plasma (WSP) torch. Adhesion strength was evaluated using standardized pulloff test. The obtained results showed a slight improvement in the adhesion strength for the blasting time of 4 s. Failure processes taking place in the coatings during the pull-off tests were described based on the detailed fractographic analysis.