Austenitic stainless steel wire rod for GTA (TIG) welding of dissimilar steels, difficult to weld steels, armour plates, high manganese steels, rails, crossovers. Suitable also for depositing stress relaxing buffer layers on crack sensitive base metals and hard surfacing jobs, e.g. crane wheels,cutting blades and dies where high degree of pressure and dynamical loads exists. Weld metal has a high degree of corroison resistance and resistant to operating temperatures up to 300°C and non-scalling up to 850°C. Depending on chemical composition of base metal, proper welding procedure, preheating and interpass temparatures shall be applied by also avoiding high admixture of base metal.