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I just got my Element and I want to take good care of it. I know the tailgate is made of plastic. Has anyone had problems with scratcing on the tailgate? If so what did it get scratched with? I want to make sure to avoid anything that will mark or mar it.

Thanks for the help. :)
 

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It scratches easily, but that's what tailgates do. If you don't want it scratched, try putting a blanket on it when loading.
 

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I brought the cargo tray and it's really durable. If i have to put something heavy on the tailgate, i just slide the cargo tray over the tail gate and it protects anything and everything :D
 

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Yeah, I've scuffed the crap out of mine, but if they didn't want it scuffed they wouldn't have made it a tailgate, right? As long as my leasing company considers it 'normal wear and tear'. :)

Drew
 

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The tailgate on my E got fairltyt deeply scratched by an empty cardboard box in the cargo area. Indeed, I could hardly believe the marks it left and I think this is the most poorly chosen, over-soft material I've seen on any car that wasn't made for distribution via Toys-R-Us.

I've seen posts that describe the use of a vinyl 'diamond-plate' to protect this panel, but I've decided to leave mine alone. I can always buy a new panel if I need to!
 

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I only had my new E for about 20 hours when I carefully loaded a bookcase in the back, using a coat to help prevent scratching.

The zipper left about an 18-inch scuff.

That's still the only mark I have on it. I guess that was the point at which it truly became "mine". :oops:
 

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I just keep a neatly rolled up black bathroom rug rolled up in the trunk. When I load or unload anything I just cover the tailgate with it. Works great and so far no scratching.
 
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