Originally Posted by Singletrack
I like raw paint personally and would rather repaint every 3-5 years than have a clear bra...but that is just me. If rock chips bother you, then do it. Front fenders have basically zero damage on my car after 40k miles FYI - bumper and hood both have sustained damage. Best to do both in their entirety if you want them perfect.
Paint is ok as long as you are willing to deal with possible paint match issues and the downtime associated with having paint work done. Also, when it comes time to sell the car, you will likely get people questioning whether there was damage you are not telling them about. Clear bra seems a no brainer to me, but I am pretty meticulous on how my car looks so I could just be too anal about it.