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Mmmh, sounds like you should be adding the grain based on a separate matte used on an adjustment layer grain or as a normal luma matte/alpha matte on a duplicate of your grained version. From what I gather, your problem seems to be that when you add your artificila grain in some of those soft zones, it has an accumulative effect with the native grain, thus looking out of place. creating a custom mamtet should avoid it.
Make sure you manually tell the "Match Grain" effect where to look for the grain. Twirl open all controls and perhaps reading the manual?
AE CS4 Live Docs help on Match Grain
- Jonas Hummelstrand
I highly recommend Sapphire's S_Grain for grain matching. Also, try their S_MatteOps for edge control features.
AE has similar plugs native (matte choker, simple choker), but Sapphire does a much better job.