I have two parts which are stuck together:
- 4081b: Plate, modified 1×1 with clip light – thick ring
- 2569/25699/47094: Antenna whip 8H
The parts have been assembled like this for about 20 years and may have dust in between them. They have been cleaned with water and mild hand soap. They were stuck firmly before cleaning. Other instances of the same assembly were not so difficult to take apart.
I have tried gripping the antenna and pushing it through, prying my fingernail against the lip where the antenna gets thicker near the base, and prying between the base and the ring with fingernails. I've also tried flicking the tip of the antenna to try to knock it loose and twisting while holding the shaft, but it's really in there. Before I try prying with stronger tools that could gouge the parts, I wonder if anyone has any tricks for separating these parts.