I chopped my '53 AFTER it was painted, didn't plan it that way, I just changed my vision mid-stream. I was able to save all the paint below the beltline, so all of the stock trim (emblems, handles, stainless), was still attached after the haircut. The Kustom Handbook says it would be better smoothed, but I ended up liking all the chrome against the black. Also, a lot of the original pieces are art to me. Has anybody else used this non traditional formula on your builds?