AbstractThe application of coatings to structures is generally done in order to locally tailor properties. For this purpose, powder-based laser metal deposition (LMD) can be utilized. The resulting properties of the coatings are not only affected by the LMD process parameters, but also by the substrate material. In this regard, the chemical composition as well as its initial microstructure of the substrate has a significant influence. In the present study two Al-Cu alloy substrates, 2139 and 2198, are used for the LMD of pure Al powder. The resulting coatings possess clearly different properties, although the same process parameters are used.