Abstract Two types of WC-12wt%Co powders, each manufactured by a different process, were thermally sprayed on a medium carbon steel by HVOF, and repeated load tests (rolling contact fatigue test and high cycles fatigue test) were carried out. The surface damages for the two types of coatings were investigated. It has been clear that the coating damages depend on the types of powders. It has been found that in rolling contact fatigue, there are the coatings, in which damage is characterized by delamination, and by a mixture of delamination and cracks. And it has also been found that in high cycles fatigue, there are the coatings, in which damage is characterized by net-like fatigue cracks, and by linear fatigue cracks.