After disassembly, cleaning a Commodore machine isn't difficult. With all of the electronics out of the way, you can use soap and water to scrub the heck out of the plastic parts of the chassis.
The plastic part holding the LED bulb in place was warped, so I couldn't safely remove it or the wire. I figured it would be okay to get that wet as long as it dried thoroughly afterward. The important thing when scrubbing is to get bristles into the vents to clear out any debris that might be stuck in there.
When I was satisfied with the soap wash, I rinsed both components thoroughly with warm water and set them aside to dry.
This C16 didn't have much wrong with its keyboard, so I left it intact. The spacebar had some scuffs that scrubbed off easily. I cleaned the assembly the same way as the other parts of the chassis: with soap and water. After scrubbing it for a while and getting bristles in every nook and cranny, I sprayed it down with some isopropyl alcohol to get any water that might have been stuck in there out.
All components were stood up vertically to dry overnight. If you're in a hurry, either don't spend time cleaning like this or use an air blower to dry things out.
I've read that some people will put all of the non-electrical stuff into a dishwasher cycle, but the soap and water scrub does a perfectly good job of cleaning and doesn't take nearly as long or use as much water. Also you shouldn't use the heat drying feature of a dishwasher because that risks warping the plastic, so there's really no advantage with that method.
Here are a few glamour shots that show how similar the chassis is to the Commodore 64.
It's a shame this chassis color is limited to the Commodore 16 because a Commodore 64 would look sleek as hell like this. I'd swap out the grey keys for some dark ones to go for a noir kind of aesthetic.
I also prefer the C16's badge over the C64's. The vertical rainbow stripes look great and more modern than the horizontal kind.
Given that this computer wasn't as powerful or as supported as the Commodore 64, it's no wonder it didn't do all that well in North America. It's pretty hard to find this model for a reasonable price these days, so I'm glad I managed to get my hands on one.
Anyway, that's all I've got for this computer. I hope you enjoyed this post!