NiAl and Ni3Al intermetallic compound claddings are prepared by argon arc cladding technology on the 16Mn steel substrate. These claddings were oxidized for 100 hours at 850 and the oxide quality of each sample was recorded every 10 hours. The results show that the NiAl and Ni3Al claddings have homogeneous structure and few defects, and form excellent metallurgical bonding with the matrix. The oxidation kinetics results show that, the oxidation weight gain rate of NiAl was more stable than Ni3Al and tended to zero earlier. Oxide layer spallation of Ni3Al cladding was more serious than that of NiAl cladding. Thus, NiAl argon arc cladding has the more excellent high temperature oxidation properties than Ni3Al argon arc cladding.