If you're a perfectionist you'll want to consider rock chips on a vinyl application. My current understanding is that the vinyl is thinner and less durable than something like a clear bra, so when the inevitable rock chip comes your way, if the color underneath is significantly different, you can imagine the result. I have not applied vinyl myself, so it would certainly be better to get input from those who have on this topic.
As far as paint goes, I would think a full paint done by a good shop, with paint protection film on top, would result in the highest quality, most durable, and most expensive finish.
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