I got my '08 Sports bumper painted at a local shop and it came out very nice. I purchased the bumper new from Manchester Subaru.
One of my peeves with the front bumper is that there is no license plate bracket available from the factory. As you know, the dealer just holds the plate up to the bumper and proceeds to run through screws right through it. There was no way I was going to do this with the new bumper!
After some research, I decided to do it this way. I purchased a plastic license plate mounting bracket
from Amazon. This mounting bracket is the same dimensions as the license plate. I also purchased a smoked polycarbonate plate cover
while I was at it too.
To complete the mounting plate installation, I picked up some rubber spacers from Autozone (actually, wiper motor bushings) and some nylon nuts, bolts and washers from Home Depot. This way, everything is corrosion proof - an important consideration here in New Hampshire.
Photo 1 below shows mounting bracket mounted to bumper cover:
Photo 2 below shows how the rubber spacers are used as stand offs between the bumper and plate bracket:
Photo 3 below shows the inside of the bumper with the nylon bolts and washers visable. The existing holes in the bumper are used:
Photo 4 below is a close up of the installed license plate bracket:
I plan on installing the new bumper late March/early April after they're done nuking the roads up here with salt and sand. I will no doubt get the clear protective film applied to the new bumper soon after its installed.