ahh i am sorry man but once again i disagree, and no i am not thread chasing you IMO you must chose the right wheels for the car, painting steelies will look just as dumb as taking off your hubcaps did IMO if you want to do it right, paint the steelies flat black, then put the hubcaps back on for a OE look until you can afford nice wheels, as stated above you have to chose your wheels wisely, just cause you saw a badass volk wheel on a skyline in superstreet mag does not means it looks good on your civicPainting or powdercoating them is definately an option, any POS ride can look 100% better with a nice set of rims ,so why wouldnt a nice finish on the steelies improve your look. A nice silver always looks good or a matte black or any other contrasting color would work. Worth the time and money? ,entirely up to you.
A POS ride looks better with a good set of wheels ,but a nice ride looks like a POS with crappy wheels