To continue my story, it took about a week before I had free time to start taking this apart. I cleaned off the island in the kitchen and started breaking it down to clean. As expected, the resin seems to have gone everywhere.
It was very easy to remove the main shell. Just a couple bolts and it came off. What I’ve found is that the resin just gets sucked into any place where two pieces are close together. So EVERYTHING must come apart to clean it properly.
For example, here is the bottom plate from the power supply. I did take it completely apart and there was a little bit of resin to clean out of it, but for the most part the power supply itself was ok.
The main logic board was not as lucky.
Now I could finally get a look at the optics area. There is definitely resin around it and even some inside, but the actual mirrors look untouched. The mirrors and glass were (and still are) VERY cloudy. I’ll tackle those last before I start putting things back together. I did manage to buy a new top glass off eBay just in case.
Once I got a good look at the base it actually didn’t seem to be as bad as I was expecting. That’s when I made things much worse! I poured alcohol into the cavities with the resin and tried washing it out with the hose.
If I had to do this over again, I would have likely soaked up as much as I could with QTips and then used a UV flashlight to cure what was left and then simply pulled it out cleanly. Ultimately this step backwards broke me for the day and I packed everything up for the next cleaning day.
Here is as far as I got before packing up. All major components disassembled. The frame is now very clean. And I have an idea of what I’m up against. I stressed over how to remove the tower, but that will wait until later.
For those of you wondering why the pliers are there, the feet were not screwed in during shipping and every single one was bent. I had to use pliers to get a couple out that refused to turn. This was an easy fix - I bought some new ones on Amazon that seem to work great (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L6B64FY).
Edit: Somehow I missed this picture… When I started bringing everything back to the basement I noticed the mess that was left behind earlier in the day. Even though I had originally cleaned the outside as best I could after unpacking, this resin still oozed out after sitting for a week. I’m definitely glad I have the stainless table for this thing!