Among the different wires used in arc spraying, copper is a material of choice in some applications. Its malleability is used to allow an easy machining procedure after spraying. This article focuses on the limitations of the oxidation of copper during arc spraying and its influence on coating process and properties. The aim of this series of experiments was to improve coating properties of copper sprayed with the electrical wire arc spraying process by substituting compressed air with nitrogen. These experiments show that coating properties, as well as electric wire arc spraying process, are strongly influenced by the gas employed as the atomising element.