This goes against my normal advice not to season steel, but, since Marc has been successful getting some color on his plate, and since the baking temperatures for AL are going to be a bit lower than steel, and thus less likely to bake the coating off, I would suggest seasoning the plate with a very light coating of oil. Keep in mind that the goal isn't a non stick surface or corrosion protection like normal seasoning, but, rather, a little bit of color so that the IR thermometer can take readings.
A scotch bright pad probably won't scuff it up too much. I would probably go with 220 grit sandpaper then season it.
20 oz. for an 18" pie comes out to an .078 thickness factor. That's not bad- if you're stretching it to 18". An 18" stretch is very ambitious. You might want to start with a 16 oz. dough ball and stretch it to 16"- that would be .078 as well, but an easier stretch.
Other than that, the formula looks good.