The Barracuda general-purpose mild steel electrodes (nearest equivalent E6013) comprises of a silicone free CMn core wire with a thick rutile alumina silicate flux coating. The waterproof coating is of a polyester resin material which ensures complete sealing of the outer flux covering thereby ensuring the maximum resistance to moisture penetration. As well as enabling the maximum moisture resistance to be achieved the electrode also allows for higher levels of misuse in its handling and care and provides electrical insulation for improved diver safety. The packaging is designed so as to maximise shelf life to the full. The electrode has a particularly smooth soft arc characteristic that welders find very pleasing to use. The electrode produces a superb weld finish and the slag is easily removed. It offers easy striking and restriking and may be used in all positions. The electrode provides for excellent mechanical properties.