Excellent information. Thanks much. Eastwood products are always good quality . I was thinking exactly that - how to best treat before gluing, including what to use, and even considering heating with a drier to get it warm / pliable for max stretching back into place. Exercise weights are good idea. I'm going to go with the less than perfect repair and pass on the entire pad removal, due to abundance of other projects requiring the greater investment of time . Thanks again!