Thanks for your thoughts and for sharing your experience. When I took the car to the local pontiac dealer, the service salesguy there recommended airbrushing the major scrape on the bumper but just leaving the rest the way it was on the belief that it would be too hard to match the color.
I thought about buying an airbrush and doing the work myself (he wanted $80 for just one scrape), but then I found this:
I've never tried airbrushing, but wouldn't this be just as good?
Or does airbrushing give more control than a spray can?
I once tried dabbing on some factory "color matched" touchup paint on a SAAB I owned, and the result looked like hell. From that, I conclude that airbrushing or spraying is the only way to go. Part of me says: how hard can it be? But that'* what I thought about the SAAB. Maybe there are some tricks to the trade.
Apparently the front "bumper" on the SSEi consists of the bumper itself and then a "cover" that goes over it. It'* the cover that has the scrapes and chips. You can get replacement pre-primed covers for $275, plus shipping. However, as long as it'* intact, I imagine I could detach it and have it professionally painted and then reattach it. I have no idea what effort is required in attaching/re-attaching though. Anyone tried this?