Hood pad is actually very easy and satisfying job to do. I would recommend replacing it. I used the 3M paint on Contact cement it works very well.
2005 320 CDI
2006.5 VW Jetta TDI
1991 560SEL (179000 Sold)
1972 280SEL 4.5 ('The Lead Sled' 320000 miles when sold.)
1972 220D (225000 when sold)