I'm not too worried about the smog stuff, my car is exempt from emissions testing anyway. Plus Texas cops are pretty lenient most of the time, at least in my area.
I went ahead and got the VHT wrinkle red, I didn't really think about ease of cleaning until you mentioned it, but I think pretty much anything will look better than how it is now.
By the way, is there a recommended way to get the intake manifold all pretty again? Mine is all oxidized and dull.