It appears I have the same problem. After a car wash and a wipe down, the next day I always notice where water dripped from the spare and spotted my rear bumprt cover. After wiping dry again, it spots the rear bumper again for a few more days.
Humm. The sport and base don't have a completely solid cover like the limited ... right. There's some vinyl/elastic boot that's part of your cover. The cover on the limited is easy to remove and install .. don't know about holding water though. I'm going to have to keep an eye on that.
Mine did it too, I drilled several Â¼" holes in the very bottom to let it drain quick and not keep dripping. There was a definite stain where the water had pooled, so there was no doubt where the holes need to be, they're right adjacent to the seam in the vinyl part.
Be sure to use a wood backup when drilliing and be prepared for the drill to pull real hard when it starts to break thru, the cover is real thin and I think it would be easy to break it. Also, use a towel or something soft on the cover to prevent scratching the finish while you're working on it.
As far as not scratching it, some masking tape works well. Just put it on before you start drilling, and as someone else already mentioned, make sure you have something backing it up so you don't smash through the other side.
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