Repairing and protecting original paint
I have an old Raleigh "Team USA" road/touring bike that I want to convert to fixed/SS. I've ripped all of the old components off, and the first thing I'd like to do is attempt to repair the paint job a bit. I've got a couple of questions.
1) Is repairing scratches/chips on an old bike feasible, or should I just leave it as is?
2) It appears as though there is already a clear coat over the paint which is either not clear, or has colored in the sun (see the lettering in one of the pictures). Should I try to remove this clear coat?
3) What kind of paint should I look for? I was planning on heading to an automotive shop with the frame and looking through their available touch-up paint selection.
4) If and when I touch up the paint, can I/should I put a new coat of clear over it?
I've searched through the forums a bit, but most of what I find deals with stripping the frame down to the metal and completely repainting. I like the current paint job and I'd like to keep it.
Some images for your viewing pleasure:
Thanks in advance.