Originally Posted by ice-breaker
When I do tie down the front of my canoe, rather than have the front tie down ropes/straps go over top of the front of the vehicle where they rub and damage the paint, I use a system of straps that fasten inside the hood of the car and can be used to strap the canoe down without any danger of rubbing the paint. Works really well.
I heard about those when I looked into putting the canoe on our van - it's a popular solution. Since I don't have useful anchor points in the bumper, if I needed a line in the front I would likely do that.
My rear line wrapped against the face of the bumper. Like Baglo's front line, I used short sections of foam insulation for pipes between the rope and the bumper.