In general, what is the best approach to take off small pieces from a surface like the one in the picture?

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How to proceed

What should I do if

  • I don't want to deal any damage to LEGO itself?
  • I want to take it off as soon as possible?
  • I want to do it in the simplest way possible?
  • 3
    to use this beloved thingy Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 17:55
  • I would also suggest this technique, it doesn't involve scratching the underside of the plate and it doesn't have to be this exact piece.
    – Ambo100
    Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 20:10
  • I just use my thumb nail.
    – user17508
    Commented Apr 27, 2021 at 11:25

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Any part that has a stud on the surface can be fairly easily removed by using leverage from a different large part added to the top of it. This takes advantage of the inherent "clutch power" of the stud/anti-stud connection and the increased surface area of the larger part to concentrate the force used to remove the part in a lateral direction.

For example, by placing a 1x6 plate over the trans-yellow 1x1 plate and then pushing the 1x6 plate away from the trans-orange plate will likely pull the trans-yellow plate up fairly easily.

LEGO also produces a purpose built tool called the Brick Separator that uses both that technique as well as giving additional leverage by pushing the part with the under or over-hanging ledge on the top and bottom of the front of the tool.


so take a thin lego piece and use it to make the small piece fly off

  • How would you use it? Could you provide a description, illustration or photo?
    – zovits
    Commented Apr 29, 2021 at 7:54

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