Nice Job ... you are absolutely correct not for the timid. I could just imagine getting put back together by miracle and something doesn't work and need to remove again.I have also replaced the dash in my 2014 Ghibli with a 2019 dash. Looks like somewhere along the way they started stapling them around the center speaker to avoid shrinkage.
I elected to remove the entire assembly rather than just the pad. I would probably go that route again. I did swap the lower portion of the dash around the radio as it looked a bit different. I found a tracking device buried in the dash along the way.
not for the timid that’s for sure!