Help! My CR-V EX-L is only about two weeks old, and a co-worker slid his big, heavy wheeled laptop carrier across the black vinyl sill/bumper while removing it, causing scuff marks in the vinyl (the horizontal part that is hidden when the tailgate is closed). I've already tried using a vinyl cleaner/wax to rub them out, but it appears there are three fairly long (8-10 inch) scratches about a half-inch wide each. They aren't real deep, and probably wouldn't be noticed by most people, but I was wondering if there are products that would allow me to rub them out without causing further harm to the finish. Also, are there any real protectants out there that do more than just add a shine so that I can try to prevent this from happening again?
In addition, I think the same laptop carrier's wheels slid across the interior panel of the tailgate and put scratches across it. Same story as above. Vinyl cleaner/wax didn't help much. Is there anything I can do to fix/hide/protect the interior vinyl from scratches?
While we're on the subject of things sliding around in the back, has anyone come across a good cargo net or organizer that will help hold large objects (like wheeled laptop carriers) in place? Honda's offering does not appear to be very useful, so I'm temporarily using a blanket, which looks tacky.