Reply 34860 of 47218, by darry
If I remember correct, my Powerleap PL-IP3T (which will likely end up in my P3B-F) came from (or passed through) a smoking environment. It cleaned up fine and with little effort, even the fan .
The Aopen case that currently houses my main retro machine was also smoked and quite strongly caked in sticky nicotine/tar dust inside, and that's after being thoroughly blasted with compressed to remove the loose dust/nicotine/tar . I ended up dousing the inner metal frame with IPA and rubbing it clean. Every removable plastic part was given a bath . I recycled the 250W PSU, because between being infiltrated with nicotine dust in all its crevices, having multiple leaky caps and needing a new fan, it just was not worth the effort to me . The end result was worth it (case was 20 CAN$), but it took me several hours to clean .
The point to all this is that parts from a smoking environment are not necessarily a significant issue, unless they come from the home of a chain-smoker who did not believe in ever opening a window .