I actually went the brass route from Chestnut originally. He sent me a high-polish brass apron, but the gold look was too much 'bling' for me. I sent it back.
There are places I use the clear-coated high-polish brass and chrome, like the wireforms in my IJ, WCS94, ToM, PM and MM. They look great and hold up to abuse well. I've even had a few playfield parts chromed, like the magazine bracket assembly for Playboy 2002.
However, in other places, I prefer the look of originality. I don't like brass/chromed side rails, lockbars, coin doors or legs (unless of course the legs are supposed to be brass).
I realize others may have a different preference, just pointing out why I sit at this juncture....