The toil began by tearing the car apart as far as we could, benefiting us twofold. First, it saves huge bucks to avoid paying high bodyshop labor rates to do simple mechanical work. Second, the further the car is torn down, the better the paint job will turn out--especially if the shop masks the trim rather than removing it. Every masked seam is an opportunity for a future paint chip or for the old color to peek through immediately. The downside is that taking the car apart means you need to keep track of the fasteners, which we did with resealable freezer bags labeled with a marker. Stripping the car this far down means more cost in replacement weatherstripping and trim, but it’s really, really worth it. We even recommend removing most of the interior.