Mine was pretty dried out, so I just ripped it off in strips. Used a razor blade to scrape off most of the old glue afterwards. Just remove all the trim first. Quarter and trunk trim are removed via the inside of the car and trunk. Not as bad a job as it seems - almost too easy.
When I removed my top some 17 (?) odd years ago, I took it completely off of the car and left it that way. Is that what you are asking about? Complete removal? Or just clearing the way for a new top?
At any rate, I removed the trim and then pulled the top off. After that, I used aircraft remover to strip the adhesive and crud from the roof. It made it way easy to prep for paint. I'm not sure the fumes were good for my (then) 14 year old brain, but it did the job.