How can I protect my paint in areas that are most likely to get scratched by keys, boots and gear?

Install vinyl covers in the most affected areas. Templates are available in the How To FAQ/

How do I get scratches out of my windshield?

Erik Miner <axeis@pluto.njcc.com> suggests "I use Novus #2 works like a champ. Also MCN did a comparison lately check it out.

Simon Evans <Snave@compuserve.com> says "At a pinch, try using toothpaste on a finger to remove the scratches. It works better on some types of plastic than others, so use it on a small area first. Rub in a circular motion lightly.

Thomas Jamrog balrog@midcoast.com agrees on the Novus: "Novus #2 is made for this application, and I have had success with it for years. I get mine through JC Whitney's."