Of course Vans has the final say. I would leave it and move on.
I commend you on your thorough inspection!
If you do decide to “fix” a rivet each side half way as suggested is the proper repair. No doubler necessary. Good news is, given .040, or even .032 skins, you can machine countersink and avoid dimpling.
Smart People do Stupid things all the time. I know, I've seen me do'em.
RV6 - Builder/Flying
Fiat G.46 -(restoration in progress, if I have enough life left in me)
RV1 - Proud Pilot.