Filling / fine sanding / prepping for paint is going to be time consuming. Luckily I have some obligations coming up that will force a built in "countdown hold", and let me recharge my batteries prior to the finishing work.
I'm sure it will require a lot of patience. Since I'm not aiming to a particular launch date,... I have the good fortune to not feel pressured to rush through any step.
Thanks again for the supportive comments.