Sorry Pat - I misread your intentions. Easy to do in text. My apologies.
So, I'm not "anti POR-15" per se, I'm just really against the practice of painting over rust. Naturally, that gives me a low affinity for products designed for that function. Rationally, I understand that they must exist and that they do have a function. At a personal integrity level, I just can't bring myself to practice such behaviors (i.e. painting over rust). I just smacks of shortcut sloppy work...but that is my opinion, NOT empirical reality. As Jerry mentioned, he's gotten good results with POR-15...and it fit his application and situation.
Now, with regard to Eastwood, IMO, they are sort of the "Sharper Image" of car restoration supply houses. Yes, they make sense for some folks. Yes, they do provide a service for hobbyists (especially Newbies). Newbies/busy folks can use their catalogue as a learning experience/one stop shop for a fair number of tools and techniques, etc. Yea, I always received good service from them the few times I've do e business there... but always at premium prices.
I wish them no ill will, but their markups are just astronomical. I simply cant afford them, especially when practically every product they carry can be found (often without much effort, thanks to the wb), and usually at 50-60% of the Eastwood advertised price. (Eastwood exclusives excepted).
Finally, I would mention that Scott (who is a refinish professional) has in the past mentioned a refinish website for pros, whose forum contains a lot of good info at the pro level. The name of the site escapes me at the moment, but you could ask Raven1. I'm kind of done with the paint game now, but in the past when I've gone there with refinish questions (as a hobbyist, just like you) I always learned a lot.
Maybe Raven1 will repost the name of that pro refinishing site?