I took my car all the way down to bare metal so I removed the trim. It was a PITA and I used several different size screwdrivers and a couple of plastic paint scrapers and a lot of patience. I have a Cutlass so I had to remove the snap on stainless trim around the windows too. I got everything off without damaging it. I bought all the polishing equipment from Eastwood and re-polished all of the stainless trim myself. Had to remove a few dents in the side trim and rocker trim and did pretty good. I know where they are but nobody else does. They also have polishing compound for plastic so I polished the tail light and turn signal lenses. I was more concerned with damaging the new paint when I reinstalled all of it. It turned out well and was worth the extra time.