Thick rutile-covered electrode for depositing tough and wear resisting hardfacing overlays. It is particularly resistant to high metal-to-metal wear, moderate impact and abrasion. The weld metal has sufficient red hardness up to 600°C. It is machinable only by grinding. Suitable hardfacing applications where wear resistance at higher temperatures is a prime concern, as in hot cut offs, dies for pressure castings, rolls, crushers excavator parts, bucket edges and bucket teeth, drilling bits, coal planes, conveyor screws. In case of crack sensitive base metals, a tough buffer layer made by ESB 40 or EI 307B electrodes, is required and a further one after every third hardfacing layer. The as-welded hardness of 59 HRc can be increased to 60-65 HRc by single or double tempering. Possible to use equally well both with AC and DC.