After bleeding all over the bar, my shoes, the platform, and a few other things probably, I decided to try to avoid scraping up my legs again (well, in truth it was just the same scrape reopening constantly). I went for the pulled up socks approach. They only cover up about 1/2 way to my knee but that's just about enough.
Looks kind of dumb, but who cares, and it's damn easy. Plus, you can push 'em down when you're done.