Yeah, I'm avoiding new, used, or "expert" repair because of cost/benefit trades. I'm willing to spend some time to learn something new (and useful), and save some money.
As for how well it looks, after five years of NOVA roads and the derecho tree last Summer, I've got a "five foot club" looker. That is, it looks amazing from five feet away....lots of blemishes as you get closer. This is just one more blemish to push into the five foot club.
But I do appreciate the comments. They are useful.
That said, the more I research alloy fillers, and keep coming up UK, the more I'm thinking there might be a US environmental connection. Something in that type of filler that makes it prohibitive (legal or cost) in US.
And here's the plan:
Permatex 25909 Liquid Metal Filler
Dupli-Color High Performance Wheel Coating HWP103
Clear Coat TBD