DannL I'm not sure why you are removing one side of the emulsion? Was there a defect or some other issue? So far I've had excellent results with a double sided film like konica ppg and kodak t/mat l-ra, also the density range of these negatives are perfect for pt/pd. I have printed on silver gelatin as well and sharpness has never been lacking, even on palladium which tends to look less sharp than silver.
Why go to all the trouble and risk damaging the negative? Does this help in an enlarged neg in some fashion?
Here is an example of an 8x10 x-ray neg printed with palladium.