a little decal politics
One thing to consider before ditching the decals is the reaction you'll get -- I had no idea of this before I did it! If you follow my experience, there's a very good chance that fully half the avid cyclists / local bike store employees you encounter will assume you're buying stolen equipment that has been disguised (whether they assume you've just removed the brand or repainted.) Never mind that you can show them the perfectly in-tact serial number on your BB, not to mention have a receipt on bike-store letterhead in a drawer somewhere! You can get a lot of flak before you convince them.
I had a beautiful clear coated frame, with the ugliest powder-blue and banana-yellow decals applied right over top. They peeled right off, but wouldn't go back on, of course. Strangely, I have the same above-the-clearcoat thing on a bike I just bought, ten years later and a different brand. I don't want the hassle from peeling them, no matter how tempted I've been.
I'm curious, has anyone else who's removed their decals ever had this problem?