I have been reading up on this particular area of concern and from what I'm reading, it sounds like the solution I've been creating for the past two weeks is going to be a nuisance to deploy from Sandbox to Production. Mainly:
A custom object with about 60 custom fields, each with specific permissions for specific profiles.
Everything I'm reading tells me that I will have to manually configure every permission on every profile, and every field's security, after I deploy to Production (many fields are meant only to be edited by certain Profiles, etc).
Is there another way? I don't use Force.com IDE. I simply use Sandbox and Production SF.