I know the feeling, someone just dented my front bumper. Three years of careful parking and in the most inconveinent spots and bam! I have four and sometimes five dogs worht of scratches that I recently spent around 80 hrs of #2000 wet sanding, mcguires compounding, swirl remover, preglazing, waxing and fine tuning with microfiber to the square inch. It looks like the best paint finish around...get complements and looks every time and everywhere I go about how beautiful the finish or color is. Now I have a big dent the size of a baseball and it sticks out like a sore thumb. One of my dogs use to perch up on my hood...got pics of her scratches on here somewhere. Don't know what to do now, like you I'm thinking of some way to beef up my bumpers now. Mine are chrome though, I can't cowboy up an aftermarket bumper. I have a spare painted bumper that I may try to reinforce on the inside but not sure if it will work or if I can get it chromed after...got to have chromed. Good luck with urs...hope u work it out.