So I got some Shimano SLX brakes a few weeks ago. Some may remember or not. Anyway, they're great, but needed a bit of tweaking to feel right. Turns out one of the bolts on them wasn't tightened and there was a small leak on the front, so I had to have it bled. The FEEL is right now, but it still didn't stop to my liking (talking about the front - rear feels perfect).
I didn't want to take it back to the shop for something that seemed simple. But I was scared of physically removing the pads and then baking them. But I figured there just couldn't be much that could go wrong and to HTFU and do the job.
I was right. The pads came out easily (I have been freaked out about everything handling these brakes since they're my first hydros lol). I swabbed them with alcohol and then baked them for like a half hour. Let em cool nice and slow, put em back in, screwed everything back in, and prayed.
Prior to this, the front felt like it just didn't have the stopping power it should for a 185mm hydro rotor. Also squeaked like hell. NOW, however, it's frigging perfect. Quiet, smooth and strong.
Okay, that's my feel good story. I was actually pretty worried that these brakes would end up being a headache. Not so!