I had a bird strike just outside of the right fuel tank. After having a good look and deciding it was a cosmetic issue, I flew it for months just as it was before calling a dentless repair guy ďmassagedĒ it back to a reasonable approximation of its original self. With a little filler and paint it would be invisible but Iíve chosen to spent money and time on other stuff.
I think you need to determine if the damage is structural or cosmetic. If itís structural, fix it correctly. If itís cosmetic, then you must decide if are you okay with how it looks. I built my plane and have been flying for 14 years and can guarantee a flying airplane will collect more cosmetic defects, they just seem magically appear.
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