While some methods of pigmentation are immediate, Baltz and Sons Concrete has developed proprietary pigmentation methods that include the use of acid-etch stains. Due to the nature of these stains, it is necessary to wait for the concrete to adequately cure, usually 10-15 days, before pigmentation. The staining process itself usually takes only a few hours to apply, with full color reaction taking one to eight hours. After this point, the surface is allowed to fully dry, and then sealed.