After hydrothermally treated in H2O (for Mg alloy and Al alloy) or H2O2(for Ti alloy), microstructured oxide or hydroxide layers were formed on light alloy substrates, which further served as the active layers to boost the self-assembling of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltriethoxysilane (PFOTES) and finally endowed the substrates with unique wettability, that is, superhydrophobicity. For convenience, the so-fabricated superhyrdophobic surfaces (SHS) were abridged as HT-SHS. For comparison, SHS coded as CE-SHS were also prepared based on chemical etching in acid and succedent surface passivation with PFOTES. To reveal the corrosion protection of these SHS, potentiodynamic polarization measurements in NaCl solution (3.5 wt %) were performed. Moreover, to reflect the long-term stability of these SHS, SHS samples were immersed into NaCl solution and the surface wettability was monitored. Experimental results indicated that HT-SHS was much more stable and effective in corrosion protection as compared with CE-SHS. The enhancement was most likely due to the hydrothermally generated oxide layer by the following tow aspects: on one hand, oxide layer itself can lower the corrosion due to its barrier effect; on the other hand, stronger interfacial bonding is expected between oxide layer and PFOTES molecules.